Visit to Lyme Regis Aug 2009

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Visit to Lyme Regis Aug 2009

Postby JennyGorrod on Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:47 am

I have just returned from a long-anticipated visit to Lyme Regis. I have wanted to go there since 1983, when I first read TFLW, my favourite book. It felt a real literary pilgrimage, since I also love Jane Austen's novels and was keen to see the siting of Louisa Musgrove's fall from the steps on the Cobb. But most of all, I wanted to get a sense of the place as the setting for TFLW. Even on a summer's day in 2009, with the beach swarming with holiday-makers and the Cobb crowded with visitors, cameras in hand, it was easy to imagine Sarah standing at the end of the Cobb, turning to give Charles her lancing look.

It was wonderful to see Belmont House, though slightly sad, since the house is evidently in need of repair and refurbishment. I don't know if the house still belongs to the Fowles family. I think it would be a marvellous place to set up a study centre for writers and artists.
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Re: Visit to Lyme Regis Aug 2009

Postby nandinisaha on Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:59 am

Its great news that someone visits the place that you would want to go to. And I thoroughly agree that a study centre should be set up at Belmont house. It would give the opportunity for Fowles scholars like me from India to be able to visit the house as well as collect useful material.
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