Weymouth and Portland, taken near the Turnpike Sept. 1812
Engraver: Upham, I. W.
View of Weymouth and Portland in Dorset taken from near a Turnpike (or toll) road. In the 18th century Weymouth developed into a fashionable sea-bathing resort. It gained its popularity especially after George III and his family started to visit here regularly to take the waters. Along the coast was the peninsula or 'isle' of Portland. The area was known for its high quality white limestone which since the early 17th century had been in great demand for use in many public buildings.