The Village Voice Oct /Nov 2019


Lymington Town


The Georgian Era

The 'Georgian Era' spans the reigns of the

Hanoverian Kings (Georges I, II, III and IV) (1714 During this period of history England was

You may have wondered why the herrings And , if you venture down to St Ives in

-1830) and this is the architecture which still frequently at

at the bottom of this page are vertical. Not Cornwall, there is a B&B that’s taken its

dominates Lymington today. Fine Georgian war (especially

an error on my part, the title of the name from one of Adrian's pictures.

properties were spacious with grand

with France)

painting proportions explains and lots all of - ’Hauling light. The Herring’, upper, more and Lymington

depicting cramped storeys, the fish with being smaller pulled windows up a were net. Adrian provided is a keen birder & enjoys fishing, so

for the 'staff'. The main house had elegant it’s Barracks no surprise in the that his inspiration is

Adrian rooms is and a local the kitchen artist was and often has built away up from a it clearly town for from the sea and our local wildlife,

strong the reputation. lower ground He floor has (the a wonderfully

servants’ with soldiers fish in and birds the main themes of his

distinct domain). and Many vibrant such houses style. You can may be seen have on a work. great numbers

seen wander a selection round Lymington of his work Town in and Milford: you may (both foreign

La spot Perla, some The with Marine bricked boutique up windows B&B to , reduce or in and English)


the amount


of tax






to pay!

in BluBambu.

and their presence dominated the local

The red tiled roofs which dominate the high population (as can be imagined). The Angel pub

street are also an indication of Georgian origins was a source of entertainment for many of

which thankfully escaped renovation in the them and the first theatre was built in New

poorer Victorian era.

Lane, whilst a new prison was built in the High

Also mainly in the Georgian era, a number of Street!

serpentine walls were constructed. This was a The Georgian Era was also the heyday of

fashion from 1700 onwards for more than a Smuggling which took place along the whole

hundred years, though some walls round the south coast of England, with most of the

town are deceivingly modern or ancient. Our populace supporting them as heroes and public

Walls Walk will reveal all, if this intrigues you. benefactors. It was the only way most people

Whilst boat building was and is a significant could afford tea and Brandy. (Take our Sea, Salt

part of Lymington's story, it For was more undoubtedly information, & Smuggling please see: Walk for more stories on the

the wealth created by the Salt and Smuggling above)

'industries' of this time that enabled the Every year Lymington Town Tours deliver a

or contact Adrian directly:

reconstruction of Lymington from Medieval to

Georgian style.

Salt was being made from seawater here

before even Roman times and in Georgian

times it was in its heyday with huge sums being

collected by the taxman. Ships sailed from

Lymington with Salt to Newfoundland, America

and Norway amongst others, bringing back

other goods. Coal had to be imported in great

quantities at the height of the industry to fuel

the fires in the Salterns which stretched from

the town Quay to Keyhaven creating an

industrial landscape, operating night and day in

the season. The season averaged 16 weeks of

the year with up to 3


and a half tons per pan

every 6 days. (in 1802 there were only 2weeks

of operation due to rain). Grainger

Huge fortunes were, however, made for the

Saltern owners, one of whom was Charles St.

Barbe (influential businessman, the first Banker

and 5 times Mayor of the Borough).

programme of guided walks twice a week

(Sunday morning and Wednesday evening)

from May to October. The Georgian Era is

explored by a number of our walks, especially

the foundation 'Story of Lymington' tour, Sea,

Salt and Smuggling and we also cover the

'Story of Milford' (especially appropriate

alongside this year’s celebrations of the

Admirals). Please join us.

(Full programme on the website :

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