"a long claw of old grey wall"
The Cobb at Lyme Regis
Creative Commons AttributionThe Cobb at Lyme Regis - Credit: Jim Linwood

The Cobb, a stone wall encircling the harbour of Lyme Regis, enabled it to develop a thriving ship-building industry and trade harbour from the late 16th to early 19th century.  One of the most important Tudor trading ports, by 1867 Lyme's importance as a harbour had dwindled due to its unsuitability for the larger ships of the time.

View of the Cobb and Lyme harbour from the hills above
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeView of the Cobb and Lyme harbour from the hills above - Credit: Tony Atkin