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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Surf's up!

As a Lyme resident I would be failing in my duty not to join all the other wannabes with a camera and record the wave lashed Cobb, still in one piece after several weeks of continuous pounding.
Less fortunate was the village of Fleet, near Abbotsbury. The village was safely situated behind Chesil Beach, or so it thought.
In 1824 a huge storm pushed waves over the shingle bank and all but wiped out the village. Only the church and a few gravestones remained. A new church was built soon after but the old survivor can still be seen. 
It was an ill wind or in this case, storm...The event inspired J. Mead Falkner to write the children's smuggling classic Moonfleet-an excellent read for man and boy.

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