Cornish and Other Cobbs and Harbours


The Cobb at Lyme Regis
The Cobb at Lyme Regis

During our travels in Britain in 2014 we visited Lyme Regis on Dorset’s “Jurassic Coast”, which is famous, among other things, for being the a long time place of residence for John Fowles and where he wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It also furnished one of the most memorable locations for the film of the book, the Cobb that creates its harbour, which also features in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Much more important though was its economic value to the town as the cobb enabled it to become an important harbour and shipbuilding centre.  We remembered this as we encountered a number of small coastal towns and villages on our recent jaunt around Devon and Cornwall and were surprised and delighted by the variety of harbours, sea-defences, cobbs and sea-gates.

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