Sister cities of Bridport
Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England. Located near the coast at the western end of Chesil Beach at the confluence of the River Brit and its Asker and Simene tributaries, it originally thrived as a fishing port and rope-making centre (the hangman's rope being made at Bridport gave birth to the saying "stabbed with a Bridport dagger"). The port is no longer in existence although the harbour at West Bay is a mile away.
In 2006 West Dorset district was named 10th best place to live in the UK. The town is twinned with Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France.
In the 2011 Census the population of Bridport was recorded as 13,568. This figure is for the built-up area of the town, which extends into the neighbouring parishes of Allington, Bradpole and Bothenhampton.
One and a half miles from the town centre and within the town's boundary lies West Bay, a small fishing harbour known as Bridport Harbour until the arrival of the railway. At that time it was "rebranded" to its current name to make it sound more attractive. West Bay was also the scene for the opening shot of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the 1950s film The Navy Lark and much of the filming of the crime drama Broadchurch.
Bridport has been subject of articles where it was nicknamed "Notting Hill on Sea" but is known to locals as "Bridders". The town attracts a large numbers of second home owners.
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