22 April marks the anniversary of the birth of Henry Fielding in 1707. Fielding's lasting fame rests on his literary output: his novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, published in 1749, was one of the first to be written in the English language. Fielding's one and only encounter with Lyme Regis, however, occurred more than twenty years earlier, in 1725. On his brief visit here, he took a strong fancy to a wealthy local heiress named Sarah Andrew... a match doomed from the start, partly because the young lady was only fifteen years old at the time, and because her uncle, Andrew Tucker, had already marked her down for his own son, John. The young Fielding and his valet made a botched attempt to abduct the girl, but were soon chased off by the Tuckers.
To find out more about Henry Fielding and other writers associated with Lyme Regis, see the Writers and Artists page of the main website... or better still, visit the museum!