The Cobb formed the nucleus of an important port and shipbuilding centre, and was one of England's most important trading ports until well into the eighteenth century.
View of the interior of the Cobb.
View of the town of Lyme from the end of the Cobb.
Plaque commemorating the exploits of Sir George..
The full text of the plaque reads...
Admiral Sir George Somers Kt
Elizabethan seafarer, politician and military leader. As a merchant trader he flourished in Lyme Regis. Warring with the Spanish increased his wealth.
1587 purchased Berne Manor, Whitchurch Canonicorum.
1588 prepared Dorset ships to repel the Spanish Armada in Lyme Regis, the Jacob, Revenge and Bonaventura.
1595 successfully attacked Caracas, Venezuela.
1601 repelled the Spanish invasion of Ireland.
1604 Mayor and MP for Lyme Regis.
1606 founded the London Viginia Company.
1609 aboard Sea Venture he led a fleet to Virginia. A hurricane shipwrecked him on Bermuda, founding England's first Crown Colony.
1610 he died in Bermuda, his heart was buried there.
A volley of muskets and a cannon saluted his last journey to Whitchurch Canonicorum. Shakespeare wrote The Tempest in tribute to Sir George Somers.
1995 Lyme Regis twinned with St George's, Bermuda
2000 St George's granted World Heritage status
2001 Lyme Regis became a gateway to Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
Unveiled by his excellency Thorold Masefield
Governor of Bermuda 1997-2001
Some of the older cottages in Lyme Regis.