Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.
The two main components that contribute to the local distinctiveness of Weymouth are the town's historic buildings, and its landscape setting.
The historic buildings along the sea front and around the harbour are fundamental to the town's uniqueness. The town is focused on the harbour and the sea. The original towns looked towards the harbour, with a varied waterfront reflecting the many uses that have been made of the estuary.
The later, visitor-oriented town has looked towards the sea, particularly the long curving bay which has been depicted in numerous paintings, prints and photographs from the late eighteenth century to the present.
Here is a summary of the report (February 2011).
Detailed sections of the report
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