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Friday, January 12

Jane Austen's Lyme Regis (Think Persuasion)

"[Jane] delighted in the scenery around Charmouth with 'its sweet retired bay backed by dark cliffs, where fragments of low rock among the sands make it the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation.'" A Portrait of Jane Austen, David Cecil, p. 104

"In the Autumn of 1804 Miss Jane Austen, together with her father and mother, spent some weeks at Lyme Regis. As they drove to that place from Bath, they would probably go by way of Shepton Mallet, Somerton and Crewkerne, and, leaving Axminster a couple of miles to their right, would join the Lyme Road where an old inn called "The Hunter's Lodge" stands. Then passing through the "cheerful village of Uplyme" they would descend the long hill towards Lyme itself, and pass down its quaint main street, which seems to be "almost hurrying into the water" as Miss Austen says. Half way down the street the chaise would turn into a lane, which, running westward, finally makes a precipitous descent to the harbour. At the end of the little parade or "walk" nearest to the harbour on a grassy hillside there stands a long, rambling, white cottage, [Page 134] and it is in this cottage that tradition declares the Austens to have stayed." From:
Jane Austen: Her Home and Her Friends

Also read: Jane Austen in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Assembly Ball Room during Jane Austen's time.

The Cobb as described in Persuasion.

Lyme Regis Today:

Photos of Lyme Regis, Dorset Coast (Click here)
Photos of Lyme Regis (Click here)

Click here to see costumes from the movie, Persuasion.

House in which Jane Austen lodged (see drawing above.) And a Lyme Regis holiday cottage today.


Kathryn said...

Thank you for linking me! I love your blog, it's so entertaining.

Kathryn said...

Those are awesome! I especially love the picture of Lyme Regis pier. Beautiful!