Weymouth has been a popular holiday destination for over 250 years and often compared to both Montpelier and Naples for its natural beauty and healthy climate. A World Heritage Site, it will be host to the sailing events at the 2012 Olympic Games.
This book from English Heritage tells the story of the town's colourful seaside history. Founded by the unification of two Medieval ports, Weymouth and Melcombe Regis the town expanded at a rapid rate in the 18th century as it became popular with the sea bathing movement.
Like many seaside towns around the UK the onslaught of cheap holidays abroad took its toll in the latter half of the twentieth century. However a Town Scheme set up by English Heritage in 1984 has seen alot of restoration and preservation taking place in the last twenty years. The book is part of EH's Informed Conservation series that highlights the importance of understanding historic buildings and landscapes.
Published by English Heritage, priced £7.99 in paperback. ISBN 978-1-848020-08-5