Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Guildhall, Lyme Regis, Dorset

This is another of those wonderfully quirky buildings that can be seen in the towns of Lyme Bay, and is a Grade II* British Listed building.

Owned by the Town Council, the main chamber is dated to the Stuart period and was once the local court. The remaining part of the building, along with the Mayor's Parlour, was built in 1887 on the site of the town's lock-up. As well as Town Council meetings, it is also hired out as a venue for various other uses, especially for civil marriages and partnerships.

Situated next to the museum, which was once the house where the paleontologist Mary Anning lived, it forms a group amongst other historic buildings. 

Built with flint, the stair tower is circular below and octagonal above, which is topped by a cupola. The front flight of steps leads to a round-headed doorway flanked by pilasters. There's a rather lovely portico above with three finials, a shield design and suitably ornate twiddly bits - a technical term, that! ;)

Above the door to the right is a very handsome oriel window, above which is the gabled attic containing a small oval window.

Although in the town, it's just a short step from the street and the sea front is at hand.

 

Only a few photos in the Photo Gallery album at the moment, but I will add some more when I next visit and some interior ones if it's possible to visit inside.

 

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