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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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  • Dropped in on a very wet day to be greeted by a couple of very knowledgeable gents who were enthusiastic to show us around. Learnt not only about the church but about the history of the area. The gent...  more »
  • We stopped off here for a look one afternoon. We are used to just browsing around churches of all sorts and make our own discoveries so to find on entering the building a guide (free and human!) to sh...  more »
  • Most unusual but fascinating church. Housed in a huge graveyard with many large Portland stone memorials. There is an upstairs gallery which is worth the climb as can then view the layout of the pews ...  more »
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  • 'ST GEORGE" Typically built from Portland Stone, this 'CCT' church is the best of the area, with guided tours at certain times. Check the times. Refurbished in the 1960's, as the 'old military base' has recently been updated to feature luxury flats. Up here there are panoramic views of Portland, as far as the eye can see, in good weather. ,No doubt you will stop at the 'Olympic Monument', on the drive up from Portland, where you can sit and admire the view, after breakfast, lunch, tea, supper. Miles of West Coast Path' to walk, to the conservtion areas and the 'LIGHTHOUSE'...........
  • Interesting history and Georgian architecture.

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