The history of clock-making or horology is one of a constant battle to improve the means of timekeeping. Craftsmen in Dorset no less reflected that in their work from the earliest beginnings in the 11th and 12th centuries to the decline of hand-made clocks in the 19th century. The earliest clocks ever made in Dorset as probably elsewhere were those made for churches. During medieval times smaller versions of church clocks were being hand-made for the home elsewhere in the country, but this type was unknown in Dorset. However these clocks would have been very poor timekeepers until technical advances such as the pendulum in the 17th century enabled timepieces to become reliable enough for use in the home. By the end of the 18th century and from then until the midth century technical refinement and reliability in hand-made clocks reached as far as it would ever go.
Lyme Regis - Wikipedia
History[ edit ] In Saxon times, the abbots of Sherborne Abbey had salt-boiling rights on land adjacent to the River Lym,  and the abbey once owned part of the town. In the 13th century, it developed as one of the major British ports. The charter was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth I in John Leland visited in the 16th century and described Lyme as "a praty market town set in the rootes of an high rokky hille down to the hard shore.
All Saints Church Dorchester
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption Dorset's nine councils will become two unitary authorities in April A bid to halt local authority mergers in Dorset has been launched by Christchurch Borough Council. Plans to replace nine councils with two unitary authorities were approved by the then Local Government Minister Sajid Javid in February. Christchurch Borough Council, the only local authority to oppose the move, has written to the government saying it had acted "beyond its powers".
Places to visit in Dorset Dorset is situated on the south coast of England, between Devon in the west and Hampshire in the east - much of the County is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Few major roads run through the county, allowing Dorset to retain much of its rural character and charm. Dorset is a delightful county, with a variety of contrasting landscapes, consisting of coastline with high cliffs, inland there are wooded hills and fertile valleys, rolling chalk hills and wild heath-land. There are several interesting towns along the coast, starting in the east at Christchurch , a Saxon town on the estuaries of the Rivers Avon and Stour, with a picturesque harbour and magnificent 11th century Priory Church.