LYME REGIS: BOROUGH, TOWN, & PARISH
LYME REGIS BOROUGH
Lyme became a royal borough in 1284 when Edward I gave it a royal charter(Lyme Regis).John Fowles writes in his ‘A Short History of Lyme Regis’, ..... new royal boroughs were allowed considerable trading privileges, a degree of self-government and their own minor courts. They could also send two members to Parliament –a right Lyme enjoyed (or abused) from 1295 until 1832. In return they had to pay an annual rent and other taxes to the royal exchequer...... Of the 1600 acres of the parish [of Lyme], the royal borough occupied only the 40 acres of the old town. It had no jurisdiction outside.Lyme Regis lost its borough status during the reorganisation of local government in 1974.
COURT BOOKS - CYRIL WANKLYN
A brief description of Wanklyn's role in physically saving these ancient records.
Lists of the Court Books and Calendars held by Lyme Regis Museum, and the text of the Prefaces to The Court Books and Calendars written by Cyril Wanklyn.
Cyril Wanklin's published articles about various aspects of the Court Books written 1923-1943.
PDF files of the original Court Books from 1309 to 1835.
FREEMEN & FREEHOLDERS
MISC. FILES ASSOCIATED WITH THE BOROUGH
Parliamentary Petition 1842: the background of the witnesses from Lyme Regis