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.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Lyme Regis has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Lyme Regis and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lyme Regis in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st August 2015
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