The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Lyme Regis.
The historic character of Lyme Regis is closely bound up with the town's landscape and maritime setting, street pattern and historic buildings, which together contribute to its local distinctiveness. Lyme's historic core consists of both planned and unplanned elements, and the separation of the medieval town and the medieval harbour is very distinctive. The narrow winding streets in the centre provide a very strong contribution, linking the present town to its medieval past. Numerous high quality historic buildings form a major component of Lyme's historic seaside resort character.
The landscape setting is perhaps the most dominant influence, shaping the layout of the town and constraining its growth. The unstable nature of the ground, particularly near the coastline has inhibited urban development. The steepness of the slopes have made inland movement difficult and provide many vantage points to view the surrounding landscape and seascape. It is a magnificent backdrop to the town, enhancing Lyme's attraction as a seaside resort.
Here is a summary of the report (February 2011).
Detailed sections of the report
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