History of farming in the Lim Valley

PUBLISHED: 13:39 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 19 October 2016

Farmer Percy Littlejohn on his tractor at Cathole

Farmer Percy Littlejohn on his tractor at Cathole


Lyme Regis Museum to repeat its popular photographic exhibition

A threshing machine at work with a 1920s' flapper looking onA threshing machine at work with a 1920s' flapper looking on

A photographic exhibition of farming in the Lim Valley – first staged eight years ago – is to be repeated.

The display, put together by Lyme Regis Museum, proved so popular the first time it was also taken to venues in Uplyme and Axminster

Now there is another chance to see it at the Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 from 10am to 4pm.

Farming families helping each other at hay timeFarming families helping each other at hay time

Museum volunteers Graham Davies and Ken Gollop started to record the farms in the valley. They were surprised to find over 60 working farms in the parishes of Lyme and Uplyme, whereas now there is only a handful today. Starting as a small research project it includes the area from the Spittles in the east to Pinhay in the west, and from the coast to Hunter’s Lodge.

Once the farming community realised what the museum volunteers were doing in recording their farming history they got behind the project and produced more photos and information. An archive of more than 2,000 photos and documents etc. was collected and is probably one of the best in the West Country. It won Graham and Ken the prestigious Dorset Archaeological Award in 2009.

As the museum is closed for building work this winter it was decided to bring the exhibition out of storage and show it again in the Woodmead Halls.

Hay making in the 1920sHay making in the 1920s

It is a fascinating glimpse of local agricultural life over the past 150 years in 70 panels, with photos, maps and family records. Admission to the exhibition is free, but donations will be very welcome.

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