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Lyme Regis
Mary Anning

Mary Anning became famous for her many significant fossil discoveries in Lyme which was a most unusual pursuit for a woman back in the 1880’s

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Lyme Regis, sometimes referred to as the 'Pearl of Dorset',  offers much to the casual visitor and seasoned dweller alike.  As a small seaside town it stands to far west of the county and boasts of three main attractions; the beauty of its coast, its memory of Jane Austen, and its Cobb.

The 'Jurasic Coast" is a 95 mile stretch of coastline which is formally recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and is a World Heritage Site. To view a map of the Jurassic Coast click:- Jurassic Map

The Cobb is a quay some 600ft long made of stone which has evolved over the ages in both construction and purpose. The Cobb is perhaps most recognised in Jane Austen's novel Persausion and  for Meryl Streep standing on it in the movie "The French Lieutenant's Woman".

Lyme has an endearing collection of quaint houses and buildings that meander about. It was an inspiration for Whistler, the artist, who found the subject for a painting of a smithy amongst the town's streets.  

Visitors are frequently drawn towards Lyme's most sought after possessions; those buried in the rocks: fossils!  Mary Anning was a local girl who found the first ichthyosaurus known to science.  Incredibly she only received £23.00 for the sale of the fossil to the British Museum despite the fact it had taken her 10 years to extract it. Lyme is famous for its mudstone and Jurassic shale.


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