Before we left Lynmouth … we stopped for lunch at the Rising Sun – a 14th C thatched smugglers inn overlooking the harbour and bay – lots of history here too.
|Rising Sun pub sign|
There’s oak panelling, crooked ceilings, thick beach-stone walls and creaking uneven floorboards … roaring fires, a healthily stocked bar, fireplaces warming weary bones or drying damp bodies … a typical ancient pub … that has changed very little in 700 years.
|The actual Rising Sun Pub and Hotel|
History rings out at us too – displays, old signs, authors’ time spent here, old tars’ stories … chapters of Lorna Doone being written here … Shelley honeymooned here – his cottage now forming part of the hotel.
|From the Rising Sun site - a view up the rivers' valley|
of the two Lyn rivers
Crooked staircases, narrow passageways, sloping floors and low beams are still here – but modern facilities have been introduced …
|The Board says it all:|
West Country fish delivered daily
… utterly delicious food gives the Inn that extra luxurious touch to an ancient fishing and mining area … locally landed lobsters, Exmoor game and fresh fish … quality feasting with a European twist bringing it all up to date.
|Jenny's Devon Blue|
Jenny and I had West Country Plates … Jenny had the Devon Blue with roasted tomato chutney, pickled onions, poached fig and homemade bread …
|My Chicken Liver Parfait|
... I had the Chicken Liver Parfait with homemade chutney, cornichons, mixed salad and warm toast.
|The lifeboat "Louisa" and details|
of the two models from the framed data -
which I note in the post itself.
The Lynton and Lynmouth Lifeboat – an exact replica, scale 1:18, of the lifeboat, "Louisa", I mentioned in my previous post – which was the lifeboat involved in the epic overland journey to Porlock Weir to rescue 18 men, in January 1899.
The "Louisa" was specially built in 1887, at a cost of £298 and 14 shillings. It had all the modern technology available at the time and was the latest type of self-righting lifeboat.
|Details at right as per story in the frame.|
The 17th Century Statenjacht - this is also an exact replica, scale 1:30, of the 17th century Dutch Statenjacht “Mary”.
The Dutch admiralty purchased a “jacht” (meaning swift craft or hunter) and presented it to Charles II on his re-accession to the English throne in 1660. We changed the name to ‘yacht’ but it is said that Charles II originated the sport of yachting with this particular boat.
|I don't have the details re this and it might have been|
a 'Barquentine' ... the island depicted on the right is
labelled 'New Britain' and is part of Papua New Guinea
More history here to explore at another time … and perhaps one day to spend a couple of nights here … just enjoying the ambience and relishing being in a tiny harbour village with a connecting funicular to its town above.
|The bar at the Rising Sun|
I think this will have whetted your appetite to see the hills that that lifeboat was hauled and pushed up … and to join Jenny and I as we really do now move on to Minehead in Somerset – our last formal stop. Not quite the end … a few more posts to go …
Shelley's History: This is an interesting read with some pictures … reference is made to the Shelley’s life, George Ley is mentioned: the Pack O’ Cards pub owner … Mary Godwin – Shelley’s second wife. Also the history of the area over the 100 years and reminds us of Shelley’s seditious paper “Declaration of Rights” – which was written here. See my previous Combe Martin post ...
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