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Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Lyme Regis, Dorset

Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset–Devon border. It is nicknamed "The Pearl of Dorset. " The town is noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the Heritage Coast—known commercially as the Jurassic Coast—a World Heritage Site.
DistrictWest Dorset
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridSY3492
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01297

Other names by which Lyme Regis, Dorset has been known in the past

Lime ~ Lyme ~ Lyme The ~ The Lyme

Lyme Regis, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Lyme Regis, mun. bor., seaport, and par., Dorset, 5½ miles SE. of Axminster and 23 miles W. of Dorchester - par., 1499 ac., pop. 2290; mun. bor., 200 ac., pop. 2047; P.O., T.O., called Lyme, 1 Bank. The town is built between 2 chalk hills at the mouth of the river Lyme, from which its name is derived. It is mentioned in Domesday Book. In 1558, off the coast, occurred the first engagement with the Armada; and in 1685 the unfortunate Duke of Monmouth landed here before he opened his rebellion. The entire parish is a local government district. The port is a sub-port of Exeter. Lyme Regis sent 2 members to Parliament from the time of Edward I. until 1832, and 1 member from 1832 until 1867.

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