Marisco Tavern


We spent a week in August 2022 on the Island of Lundy, ten miles off the coast of North Devon, England where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Lundy is three miles long and half a mile wide. There are signs that the island was occupied in the 6th century AD and in later centuries many parties claimed it as theirs’, including pirates. It moved in and out of Crown ownership. William Heaven purchased Lundy in 1834, as a summer retreat and for hunting, and built Millcombe House in 1836. The family built St Helen’s Church in 1896 but they fell on hard times and sold the island in 1918. The Harman family owned it from 1924 to 1969. John Pennington Harman was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross during the Battle of Kohima, India in 1944. There is a memorial to him at the VC Quarry on Lundy. Jack…