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Artificial beach

View of Victoria Pier and the Cobb, from the beach at Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.


Victoria Pier is directly ahead. This and the breakwaters, far L and far R, are parts of The Cobb. The beach is artificial. The sand was recently imported from France. The furthest seaward arm of The Cobb (background L) consists of a long extension of large loose blocks recently imported from Norway.



The origin of the present structure is 13th Century and attributed to King Edward I (or more accurately, I guess, to his engineers, masons and labourers). However there is also evidence for earlier structures here going back another 500 years. A heavy storm ruined The Cobb in 1824 and most of the existing structure dates from its rebuilding in 1825-26. This is a Grade I Listed structure. Apart from the recent extension of loose blocks imported from Norway (far L), it is mostly built of local Lias limestones and Portland Roach. The Cobb serves as a breakwater to protect the shore and to create the harbours in its northeastward lee. The main outer breakwater, excluding the recent extension, is a gracefully serpentine structure 265 m long, visible here as a sea wall in the background. Cottages Pier here separates the two harbours, this view being of the larger one.


The Cobb features in novels by famous authors who have lived in Lyme, notably Jane Austen's Persuasion and John Fowles's French Lieutenant's Woman and perhaps most famously of all, in the film of this same novel.


- Davis, G. & Menzies, B., 2010. Geoscientist 20(10), 17-21.

- Moseley, S., 2010. Beauty and brawn. (in Dorset Life):



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Taken on May 23, 2009