The Founding of Lyme – The Forging of a Legend
At the Battle of Crécy on August 26, 1346, King Edward III scored a decisive victory against the French, and his then 16-year-old son Edward won his spurs (i.e., the mark of knighthood). It was at Crécy that Edward of Woodstock, also then known as the Prince of Wales, became widely known as the legendary Black Prince, a commander of military ability, charisma, and cruelty.
During the battle, a French nobleman seized hold of the Black Prince’s standard. Sir Thomas Danyers is said to have then rescued the standard from the hands of the enemy. As a reward for his loyalty to the crown, Danyers was given the lands of Lyme Handley.
Margaret Legh (née Dayners) later inherited the Lyme Handley from her father and in 1398, her marriage to Sir Piers Legh I forged Lyme into the Legh family history. Generations later, Sir Piers Legh VII, made Lyme a home, turning the humble hunting lodge into a grand country estate.