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St. Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Description

The parish church of St. Michael the Archangel is an ancient edifice of stone, standing near the edge of some precipitous lias cliffs, and is chiefly of the late Tudor period, but has good Norman remains at the western entrance, and other work of that period, and consists of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 8 bells: the west porch was the nave of the original church: the curiously carved oak pulpit was presented by one of the merchant adventurers, 1613 A.D. and there are a number of mural monuments, several brasses and some fine stained windows: the chancel screen was erected as a memorial to a former vicar, by the late Rev. Edward Peek M.A. sometime rector of Rousdon, who also presented a fine piece of tapestry, dating from about 1490: it is supposed to represent the marriage of Henry VII. and Elizabeth of York, and now hangs on the west wall; in 1685 the church was entirely re-seated, the floor re-laid and a vestry added, at a cost of £2,500: there are sittings for 300, all free and unappropriated except the Corporation and manor pews.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1543, but breaks off for a few years from 1572, and contains numerous entries relating to the history of the church and the town. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Lyme Regis, 1654-1812 is online.

St. Michael the Archangel
Lyme Regis
Dorset

Denomination:Church of England
Diocese:Salisbury
Graveyard:Yes