Bridport, Dorset, lies 15 miles west of Dorchester on the A35. With a population of around 7000, Bridport was an important rope making centre for use on sailing ships. The townâ€™s wide pavements were ropewalks, used for twisting and drying the new ropes. The industry continues to make fishing nets and specialist ropes.
The map below shows the features of the town of Bridport as it was in
the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to
see an enlargement.