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Bridport is a thriving market town in western Dorset. It lies a short distance inland of a spectacular section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and is surrounded by some equally attractive hilly countryside. Although the town originated in Saxon times, it expanded a great deal in the Middle Ages, partly because of the success of the local rope industry. Many of its products were used in the local fishing and shipbuilding industries, which were concentrated around Bridport Harbour, about a mile south of the town. At one time Bridport Harbour was the second largest producer of ships in the country. In an early example of marketing, when the railway reached here in the 1880s its name was changed to West Bay in the hope that this would sound more attractive to tourists. This book includes not only Bridport and West Bay, but also some of the places like Bradpole and Bothenhampton which are now linked to the town by development, along with a selection of the surrounding villages.