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Lyme Regis is well-known for "The Cobb", a harbour wall dating back to 1328. It is an important feature in Jane Austen's novel Persuasion (1818), and in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman, based on the 1969 novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman, by local writer John Fowles and set around Lyme.
The Cobb was of enormous economic importance to the town and surrounding area, allowing it to develop as both a major port and a ship-building centre from the 13th century onwards. It provided both a breakwater to protect the town from storms and an artificial harbour.
Well-sited for trade with France, the port's most prosperous period was from the 16th century until the end of the 18th century and as recently as 1780 it was larger than Liverpool. The town's importance as a port declined in the 19th century because it was unable to handle the increase in ship sizes.

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