Nothe Fort is a fantastic sea fort on the south Dorset coast. The picturesque area has a reputation for its ancient cliffs containing many old fossils, which can be discovered on the foreshore. It is also famous for the location of 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'.
Closeby is the great town of Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis is twinned with St. George in Bermuda. While other UK towns and cities are twinned with a European counterpart, this town decided to opt for something more interesting and relevant to our history, a finer choice could not have been made.
One of the town’s most famous sons, Admiral Sir George Somers, was shipwrecked in 1609 after being blown off course for Virginia in what is now the USA. Virginia was so named after Queen Elizabeth I, the so-called “Virgin Queen”. The islands were named "Virgineola" and later due to a certain alleged Regal indiscretion became "Somers Isles" and a little later Bermuda.
There is a map of the area which is, by and large, what Mary Anning would have grown up seeing and would have changed very little from when Jane Austen stayed in the town a few years before.
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