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Lyme Regis - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Lyme Regis.

The historic character of Lyme Regis is closely bound up with the town's landscape and maritime setting, street pattern and historic buildings, which together contribute to its local distinctiveness. Lyme's historic core consists of both planned and unplanned elements, and the separation of the medieval town and the medieval harbour is very distinctive. The narrow winding streets in the centre provide a very strong contribution, linking the present town to its medieval past. Numerous high quality historic buildings form a major component of Lyme's historic seaside resort character.

The landscape setting is perhaps the most dominant influence, shaping the layout of the town and constraining its growth. The unstable nature of the ground, particularly near the coastline has inhibited urban development. The steepness of the slopes have made inland movement difficult and provide many vantage points to view the surrounding landscape and seascape. It is a magnificent backdrop to the town, enhancing Lyme's attraction as a seaside resort.

Here is a summary (pdf, 202kb) (opens in a new window) and the full report (February 2011) is below. We would welcome your comments. Please send any feedback to the Senior Archaeologist (Promotion and Liaison).

Part 1 and 2 Introduction and overview (pdf, 564kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 600kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 and 5.2 Historical development - Medieval and post-medieval (pdf, 613kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 Historical development - Eighteenth and early nineteenth century (pdf, 435kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.4 and 5.5 Historical development - Late nineteenth and twentieth century (pdf, 703kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character assessment (pdf, 508kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 Coombe Street and the Lim Valley (pdf, 774kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Broad Street (pdf, 700kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 Marine Parade and Cobb Hamlet (pdf, 578kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 Pound Street (pdf, 744kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 Woodmead Road (pdf, 761kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Uplyme Road (pdf, 798kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 7 Colway Mead and Charmouth Road (pdf, 658kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 286kb) (opens in a new window)

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