Sitting on Church Cliff, above the beach where Mary Anning found so many fossils, St.Michael The Archangel at Lyme Regis is also where Mary Anning is buried.
The church dates from Saxon times but much of the former Norman nave [which had become a porch] was demolished during road widening in 1823.
With parts both Saxon and Norman the vast majority of the building is 15th century. It retains strong connections with the sea - in 1988 a Sea King helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was employed to lift two new bells into the tower.
The church's bellringers claim the world record for the longest peal of a 'surprise royal' in 1995 with 20,000 changes in just under 12 hours.