Lyme Regis /ˌlaɪmˈriːdʒɪs/ is a town in West Dorset, England, 25 miles (40 km) west of Dorchester and 25 miles (40 km) east of Exeter. Styled “The Pearl of Dorset”, it lies at Lyme Bay on the English Channel coast at the Dorset–Devon border. It is noted for fossils found in cliffs and beaches on the Heritage Coast or Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The harbour wall – known as “The Cobb” – appears in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, the John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and the 1981 film of that name, which was partly shot in the town. A former mayor and MP was Admiral Sir George Somers, who founded the English colonial concurrence of Somers Isles, now Bermuda, where Lyme Regis is twinned subsequent to St George’s. In July 2015, Lyme Regis also united Jamestown, Virginia, in a Historic Atlantic Triangle once St George’s. The 2011 Census gave the parish and electoral ward a population of 3,671.