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Where? In south west Dorset. 'Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port, with World Heritage status, famous for its Cobb, geology and fossil finds.' Lyme Regis tourist board website

Cobb? The 13th century harbour wall seen curving so romantically in the film version of John Fowles' French Lieutenant's Woman.

Work? A grand total of six GPs currently work in the only two practices in the town, covered by South West Dorset PCT. It's a small place.

Healthcare Commission Star Ratings: ***

Homes? With £650,000 for a five-bedroomed Grade II listed farmhouse close to the sea, you may have to push the boat out.

Schools? The Woodroffe School caters for secondary school students ­ and there's always Sherborne up the road

Leisure? Sailing and fishing, body boarding and windsurfing predominate on the tourist board's website. For children and young teenagers, it recommends the amusement arcade and the discos at the Marine Theatre.

From the local press: POLICE closed Marine Parade and Cobb gate car park as storms made them too dangerous for walkers (Dorset News November 3, 2004).

Famous residents: Novelist John Fowles and the 19th century founder of modern geology Mary Anning

Anything else? There is a certain refined bookishness about the place, perhaps because of the Fowles connection. Oh, and Lyme Regis is twinned with Bermuda.

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