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Friday, 11 September 2009

On this day 11th September 1685, The Bloody Assizes was opened at Lyme Regis

On this day in 1685, The Bloody Assizes was opened at Lyme Regis. The next day twelve men were executed on the beach west of the Cobb and their body parts were spiked up along the railings around the church. Two of the men's heads were impaled on the iron gates of the great house in Broad Street, now known as Chatham House. It was here that Judge Jeffreys was said to have dined on the night before the executions. Ever his ghost has been seen carrying a bloody bone in the house and gnawing upon it outside in the street.

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