St George's Church, Isle of Portland

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St George's Church is a Church of England church on the Isle of Portland, built between 1754 and 1766 to replace St. Andrew's which had fallen into disuse and was no longer suitable as a place of worship.During the 1960s a restoration of the church took place under the stewardship of a group formed to protect the church. It then came under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, which continues to the present. No longer retained for regular worship, services are nevertheless held twice annually, on St George's Day and Christmas Day.HistoryThe history of St. George's Church began in August 1753. A committee of Portlanders was formed to decide whether to put further finances into the dilapidated St. Andrew's Church or to erect a new church at a more accessible position. St. Andrew's suffered from an unstable site and was prone to landslips (notably those on the east side of Portland in 1665 and 1734). Within two months a decision was made, with a survey of the old church finding that repairs would be at least half the cost of a new building. A year after the completion of the church, a house was built nearby for the parish clerk, and this building would become The George Inn.The church was closed in 1914 for many reasons, and fell into further disrepair ever since that time. In the 1960s however, the church fell under the protection of a newly formed group, the 'Friends of St George's Church', who were able to restore the church. Now no longer needed for regular worship, the church is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It was declared redundant on 16 April 1970, and was vested in the Trust on 27 October 1971.
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  • The annual Carol Service is a must for us we always book a week at Portland just so we can attend. Set in the most beautiful and historic Church which dominates the top hill landscape on Portland, lit...  more »
  • This is the most unique and interesting church that I have visited in a long time, the only services conducted there now, are weddings and a yearly Carol service. There is no charge to go in and the l...  more »
  • Interesting conserved church by reason of resemblance to St Paul's Cathedral..Beautiful galleried interior and local information on the Stone quarrying families.Catch the sculpture quarry too just 400...  more »
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  • I have driven by this church a few times and last summer I stopped and had a wander round it, what an interesting building and well worth a look plus the 2 gentlemen that were looking after it had a great deal of knowledge about the church and the area around it.
  • Had to come and visit as Gran and Grandad are buried here. Lovely spot and the church is very impressive, so very different to the churches at home in Cornwall.
  • Historical place. Worth of visit
  • This was a nice walk
  • Interesting place to visit

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