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Weymouth and Melcombe Regis - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.

The two main components that contribute to the local distinctiveness of Weymouth are the town's historic buildings, and its landscape setting.

The historic buildings along the sea front and around the harbour are fundamental to the town's uniqueness. The town is focused on the harbour and the sea. The original towns looked towards the harbour, with a varied waterfront reflecting the many uses that have been made of the estuary. The later, visitor-oriented town has looked towards the sea, particularly the long curving bay which has been depicted in numerous paintings, prints and photographs from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Here is a summary (pdf, 162kb) (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.

Parts 1 and 2 Introduction and overview (pdf, 446kb) (opens in a new window)

Parts 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 526kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 and 5.2 Historical analysis - Medieval and Post-medieval (pdf, 755kb) (opens in a new window) 

Part 5.3 and 5.4 Historical analysis - Later eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century (pdf, 821kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.5 and 5.6 Later twentieth century (pdf, 157kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 296kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 Weymouth Historic Core (pdf, 542kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Melcombe Regis Historic Core (pdf, 514kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 Wyke Regis and Ferrybridge (pdf, 521kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 The Military Coast (pdf, 431kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 Northern Weymouth (pdf, 506kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Radipole and Greenhill (pdf, 591kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 7 Broadwey, Elwell and Littlemoor (pdf, 503kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 8 Lodmoor (pdf, 379kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 9 Southill and Westham (pdf, 536kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 10 Radipole Lake and Shore (pdf, 590kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 231kb) (opens in a new window) 

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