On the Cobb


The harbour at Lyme Regis in Dorset is called the Cobb. A shelter for little boats has been at Lyme since at least 1313. The earliest known drawing, made in 1539, shows a basic shape similar to the present construction. Today’s breakwater was built after the westerly gales breached the breakwater in 1824. There have been additions since that date but the major part of the Cobb dates from then. It was connected to the mainland in 1756 and the North Wall was built in 1823.



Meryl Streep is seen at the end of the Cobb in the 1981 film The French Lieutenant’s Woman in bad weather. In the past I have visited when the weather has made it unsafe to walk on the Cobb.


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