Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Bridge and the Railway

We know that Axmouth Harbour was protected by Iron Age hill forts, and was the start of trade routes leading up to Stonehege and Avebury. We know that it was at the end of the Roman Fosse Way and was a powerful sea port. A harbour of significant starts and ends, a junction where ships, […]

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Eye Spy

Looking back to Beer Head from Seaton this afternoon….

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Beer born

Mayflower, Dove, Unity, Brilliant, Swan, Dundas, Brothers, Fanny, Eizabeth and Kitty, Friends Goodwill, Nancy, Mary, Ranger, Experiment and Hawke were all names of sailing vessels operating in the heyday of the smuggling trade in the late 18th to mid 19th centuries. Many of these landed in the Lyme Bay area from Sidmouth to Dorset to […]

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Tittle Tattle

In St Michael’s church, Beer, there’s a permanent book sale scattered across the pews. Last week, I paid £1 for A History of Axminster before 1910. I made a mistake, I thought it said “Axmouth”, but nevertheless I’ve started reading the tome, by local historian, Geoffrey Chapman (who I assume is still living, but I’ll […]

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Prospects

At midnight on Friday my lodger John told me he had some “bad news I’m afraid” whilst I was perched next to the embers of the fire with my gripping page-turner. He explained that earlier that day he had lost his shifts at the call centre where he had worked 42 hours a week for […]

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