History of Lyme Regis

History of Lyme Regis

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Lyme Regis is not only crammed with history, but much of it can still be seen and enjoyed. No stay in one of our Lyme Regis holiday cottages would be quite complete without scouring the beach for one of the famous dinosaur fossils, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Jane Austen

Jane Austen not only visited Lyme Regis twice, but she also seemed to fall in love with it, and was fated to become entwined with the history of Lyme Regis through here work. The novelist visited the town in 1803 and 1804, and the famous Cobb even featured in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Persuasion’.

When the characters of the novel holiday in Lyme Regis, one of the party falls from the Cobb, reuniting a pair of lovers in a happy ending. Persuasion is thought to be the most autobiographical of the Jane Austen novels.

Lyme Regis Cobb

Speaking of the Cobb, this landmark is as much a piece of Lyme Regis history as it is the landscape. Dating back to at least 1328, the Cobb is a unique harbour wall created by driving oak piles into the sea bed.

Not only did the Cobb feature in Persuasion by Jane Austen, but scenes were also filmed for the film ‘A French Lieutenant’s Woman’ on it. Storms have damages the Cobb on many an occasion over the years, and it was reconstructed in 1820 using Portland stone. Monmouth Beach and the Cobb Gate Beach sit on either side of the Cobb.

Town Mill Watermill

Now for another piece of working Lyme Regis history, the Town Mill Watermill. Dating back to 1340, the mill was rescued from dereliction and restored by volunteers from 1991 – 2001. Today, the ancient mill is in full working order and open to the public.

The Miller’s Garden was also reworked, and care was taken to follow the layout and style of the time, and only flowers available in the 17 century were planted. A voluntary miller is always on site to explain to visitors how the mill works, and visitors can also buy some stone-ground wholemeal flour in the gift shop.

The Jurassic Coast

If it’s history you’re into then you couldn’t find much more than in the cliffs of Lyme Regis. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site stretches for 95 miles, and the cliffs surrounding Lyme Regis continue to reveal fossils dating back up to 180 million years.

Because the cliffs are constantly crumbling, fossil hunters still make priceless finds on the beach beneath, and the area’s attractions make the most of its unique history. Fossilised remains discovered on the beach include Giant Ichthyosaur, Plesiosaur and ammonites.

Lyme Regis is not only crammed with history, but much of it can still be seen and enjoyed. No stay in one of our Lyme Regis holiday cottages would be quite complete without scouring the beach for one of the famous dinosaur fossils, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Jane Austen

Jane Austen not only visited Lyme Regis twice, but she also seemed to fall in love with it, and was fated to become entwined with the history of Lyme Regis through here work. The novelist visited the town in 1803 and 1804, and the famous Cobb even featured in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Persuasion’.

When the characters of the novel holiday in Lyme Regis, one of the party falls from the Cobb, reuniting a pair of lovers in a happy ending. Persuasion is thought to be the most autobiographical of the Jane Austen novels.

Lyme Regis Cobb

Speaking of the Cobb, this landmark is as much a piece of Lyme Regis history as it is the landscape. Dating back to at least 1328, the Cobb is a unique harbour wall created by driving oak piles into the sea bed.

Not only did the Cobb feature in Persuasion by Jane Austen, but scenes were also filmed for the film ‘A French Lieutenant’s Woman’ on it. Storms have damages the Cobb on many an occasion over the years, and it was reconstructed in 1820 using Portland stone. Monmouth Beach and the Cobb Gate Beach sit on either side of the Cobb.

Town Mill Watermill

Now for another piece of working Lyme Regis history, the Town Mill Watermill. Dating back to 1340, the mill was rescued from dereliction and restored by volunteers from 1991 – 2001. Today, the ancient mill is in full working order and open to the public.

The Miller’s Garden was also reworked, and care was taken to follow the layout and style of the time, and only flowers available in the 17 century were planted. A voluntary miller is always on site to explain to visitors how the mill works, and visitors can also buy some stone-ground wholemeal flour in the gift shop.

The Jurassic Coast

If it’s history you’re into then you couldn’t find much more than in the cliffs of Lyme Regis. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site stretches for 95 miles, and the cliffs surrounding Lyme Regis continue to reveal fossils dating back up to 180 million years.

Because the cliffs are constantly crumbling, fossil hunters still make priceless finds on the beach beneath, and the area’s attractions make the most of its unique history. Fossilised remains discovered on the beach include Giant Ichthyosaur, Plesiosaur and ammonites.

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