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Lyme Regis, England

 Lyme Regis lies on the Dorset coast, 25 miles from Exeter. It is known as the 'pearl of Dorset' for its picturesque town and beaches and its setting among beautiful, fossil-studded cliffs.

 

 

For a small seaside town, Lyme Regis has attracted more than its share of historical and literary associations. Besides the Jane Austen connections, Lyme Regis is also the setting for the 1969 novel by John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman, which was made into a film starring Meryl Streep. Its historical interest comes from its past as a haven for smugglers, as the launching point for the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion in 1685, as the point at which news of the Battle of Trafalgar first arrived in England, and as a key location for the scientific discovery of fossils.

 

The Cobb: scene of Louisa Musgrove's accident
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Cobb: scene of Louisa Musgrove's accident - Credit: Joadl

 

Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis with her parents and her sister Cassandra in 1803 and 1804. At the time it was a fashionable sea spa. An incident involving a broken teapot led Austen to meet the now-famous Mary Anning, Lyme Regis's pre-eminent fossil hunter and paleontologist.

 

Fossil of a plesiosaur discovered by Lyme Regis paleontologist Mary Anning
Public DomainFossil of a plesiosaur discovered by Lyme Regis paleontologist Mary Anning