Category: Places | Type: Historical | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 11

or Lyme Regis is in West Dorset (on the Devon-Dorset border) and sits on Lyme Bay on the coast of the English Channel. Always associated with Lyme is the long cresent-shaped breakwater known as the Cobb. 

The town was shortly to become famous for the fossils lodged in the cliffs and rocks, which drew amateur geologists, botanists, and zoologists, and that portion of the coastline became known as the Jurassic Coast.  

Austen, herself, preferred Lyme Regis to more fashionable places such as Brighton and Bath.


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