Lyme Regis  Dorset


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lyme Regis like this:

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.

Lyme Regis through time

Lyme Regis is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Lyme Regis itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lyme Regis in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th May 2024

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