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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lyme Regis in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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