Lyme Regis, Dorset (1816)

This description of Lyme Regis, Dorset, England is taken from The representative history of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield published in 1816.

Lyme Regis is a sea port, borough, and market town in the hundred of Whitchurch, division of Bridport, Dorset, 23 miles from Dorchester, 28 from Exeter, and 143 from London; containing 265 houses, and 1,451 inhabitants, of whom 534- were returned employed in various trades. Its commodious harbour has been artificially con-strutted. The materials of its rude pier consist of vast stones weighed out of the sea, arranged in such a manner as to break the violence of the tide, which has made great encroachments, the cliffs being composed of a kind of marl and blue clay incorporated with lime. The market is on Friday. Fairs, February 2, and September 21.

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