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COASTLINE

THE PICTURES OF PORTLAND’S COASTLINE FOLLOWS A TOUR STARTING IN THE FERRYBRIDGE AREA AND GOES IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION VIA PORTLAND BILL TO CHISWELL. PLEASE CLICK ON A NAME IN THE TABLE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THAT LOCATION.

Ferrybridge

The Mere

Naval Dockyard

East Weares

Church Ope Cove

Godnor Point

Portland Bill

Wallsend Cove

Blacknor Point

West Cliff

Chiswell

Shambles Lightship

FERRYBRIDGE

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE.

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AERIAL VIEW OF THE VICKERS/WHITEHEAD TORPEDO WORKS. ALTHOUGH TECHNICALLY NOT ON PORTLAND THIS FACTORY SUPPLIED EMPLOYMENT FOR MANY PORTLANDERS. NOTE HOW RURAL THE AREA NORTH OF THE FACTORY WAS.

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A VIEW OF PORTLAND.  LOOKING TOWARDS THE FERRY WHICH PRECEDED THE BUILDING OF A BRIDGE IN 1839. THE HISTORY OF THE BRIDGES CAN BE READ HERE.

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PORTLAND HARBOUR. HMS BOSCAWEN, LEFT AND HMS MINOTAUR. VERNE CITADEL RIGHT

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PORTLAND HARBOUR VIEWED FROM NEAR FERRYBRIDGE IN ABOUT 1900.

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THE VIEW ACROSS PORTLAND HARBOUR FROM ABOVE BINCLEAVES

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THE RAILWAY LINK BETWEEN PORTLAND AND THE MAINLAND. THIS WAS OPENED IN 1865 AND CLOSED IN 1965. THE WRITER WAS ON THE LAST TRAIN TO CROSS THIS BRIDGE.

THE MERE

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE.

THE MERE WAS A SALT MARSH AREA WHICH WAS LATER RECLAIMED. IT LIES IN THE CENTRE OF THE PICTURE BELOW.

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NOTE THE MANY FISHING BOATS ON CHESIL BEACH.

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THE MERE WAS USED FOR SHEEP WASHING AS SHOWN BELOW BEFORE BEING RECLAIMED FOR USE BY THE ROYAL NAVY.

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    SHEEP  WASHING AT THE MERE. DATE UNKNOWN.

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SHEEP  WASHING AT THE MERE. DATE UNKNOWN.

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IN THIS PICTURE THE MERE IS PARTIALLY RECLAIMED AND THE FIRST OIL STORAGE TANKS HAVE BEEN ERECTED. THE NEXT FOUR PICTURES SHOW THE MERE BEING IN-FILLED AND THE OIL STORAGE TANKS BEING BUILT.

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VIEW LOOKING TOWARD VERNE CITADEL WITH RAILWAY STATION IN FOREGROUND.

CASTLETOWN AND NAVAL DOCKYARD

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE.

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CASTLETOWN WITH VERNE RAMPARTS IN BACKGROUND. DATED 1908

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LOADING STONE AT CASTLETOWN BEACH BEFORE THE DOCKYARD GATE

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AREA LATER OCCUPIED BY THE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD EXTENSION TO HOUSE THE ASDIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT AT PORTLAND (1927-1940). THE BRIDGE CARRIED THE MAIN WEYMOUTH TO PORTLAND RAILWAY LINE WHICH CLOSED IN 1965. THE INCLINED ROAD IN THE BACKGROUND WAS ORIGINALLY AN INCLINED RAILWAY SYSTEM. THE BUILDINGS ON THE WATER’S EDGE WERE THE ADMIRALTY SLAUGHTER HOUSES.

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THE ABOVE PICTURE AND THE ONE BELOW SHOW RECENT PICTURES OF THE AREA AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE INCLINE ROAD. THE GIRDER BRIDGE SEEN IN THE ABOVE OLD PICTURE STRADDLED THE ROAD.

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BUILDING THE FINAL ARM OF THE PORTLAND BREAKWATER.

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A VIEW OF THE NEWLY COMPLETED FINAL ARM OF THE PORTLAND BREAKWATER.

THE NEXT 23 PICTURES SHOW THE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD IN THE PERIOD 1880 - 1910

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EAST WEARES

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE.

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THE RECENT PICTURE BELOW SHOWS THIS AREA FROM A SLIGHTLY MORE NORTHERN VIEW POINT

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EAST WEARES, BALACLAVA BAY (RIFLE RANGE) AND PORTLAND HARBOUR c. 1925

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VIEW OF EAST WEARES, TAKEN FROM THE VERNE. THE PURPOSE OF THE BUILDING MIDDLE LEFT IS UNKNOWN.

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EAST CLIFF WITH RAILWAY LINE IN 1900.  THE “GOAT PATH” WAS - AND STILL IS - A PRECARIOUS TRACK ENABLING FISHERMEN TO GET TO DURDLE PIER WHERE THEIR BOATS WERE KEPT.

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EAST WEARES AND RAILWAY. COASTGUARD AND PRISON WARDERS HOUSES AT TOP LEFT (CHARMOUTH PLACE) NOW DEMOLISHED

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CHURCH OPE RAILWAY.  LOWER LEFT IS DURDLE PIER.

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GROVE POINT WITH THE GROVE PRISON (LATER THE BORSTAL AND YOUTH OFFENDERS’ INSTITUTE) ON THE CLIFFTOP.

CHURCH OPE COVE

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THAT WEBSITE. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A DESCRIPTION OF CHURCH OPE COVE. THERE ARE MANY RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE COVE AND ADJACENT AREA HERE.

FOR A RECENT VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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A RECENT PICTURE OF CHURCH OPE COVE.

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A RECENT PICTURE OF THE RUINED ST ANDREW’S CHURCH IN THE FOREGROUND. THE HISTORY OF THIS CHURCH CAN BE READ HERE.  CURIOUSLY THIS CHURCH WAS DESTROYED BY AN EARTHQUAKE IN ABOUT THE YEAR 1000 AND IN 1735 THE GRAVES OF KING ETHELRED'S TWIN DAUGHTERS WHO HAD DIED AT BIRTH AROUND THE YEAR 990 SLID DOWN TO THE BEACH IN A LANDSLIDE..

RUFUS CASTLE IS IN THE BACKGROUND. THE HISTORY OF RUFUS CASTLE CAN BE READ HERE.

THE HISTORY OF PENNSYLVANIA CASTLE CAN BE READ HERE.

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THE CURIOUS STORY OF PENN’S BATH WHICH EXISTS ABOVE CHURCH OPE COVE CAN BE READ HERE. THE PICTURES ON THAT WEBSITE ARE THUMBNAILS WHICH CAN BE CLICKED TO GIVE A FULL SCREEN PICTURE. ALSO SEE  HERE.

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THE LAST REMNANT OF A ONCE FLOURISHING FISHING ERA  RUSTS AWAY ON THE BEACH..

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RUFUS CASTLE FROM CHURCH OPE COVE. THE PICTURE BELOW SHOWS THE CASTLE AS IT MAY HAVE LOOKED 300 YEARS AGO.

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CHURCH OPE IN 1930.

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BATHER AT CHURCH OPE COVE 1901.

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PENNSYLVANIA CASTLE AND ST. ANDREWS CHURCHYARD, FROM CHURCH OPE COVE.

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CRANE AT CHURCH OPE EXTRACTING STONE

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CHURCH OPE COVE. ONCE A THRIVING FISHING AREA.

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CHURCH OPE COVE 1900, LOOKING TOWARD THE GIRLS' SIDE - GIRLS AND BOYS WERE SEPARATED.

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RUFUS CASTLE, 1903. MR. DOBSON, CHIEF WARDEN OF PRISON IN FOREGROUND. NOTE THE FISSURE IN THE ROCK FACE. THIS IS TYPICAL OF THE SYSTEM OF CRACKS THAT CRISSCROSS PORTLAND.

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CHURCH OPE COVE AND PENNSYLVANIA CASTLE 1900.

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CHURCH OPE COVE, 1900.  HUT BELONGING TO GEORGE ERNEST FULLEYLOVE.

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CHURCH OPE COVE 1900, LOOKING TOWARD GIRLS' SIDE - GIRLS AND BOYS WERE SEGREGATED.

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CHURCH OPE COVE. TEA CABIN ON THE BEACH, RUFUS CASTLE TOP CENTRE. PICTURE TAKEN FROM BOYS' SIDE.

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SS VICTORIA AT CHURCH OPE COVE.  PASSENGERS RETURNING TO BOAT AFTER VISITING

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PADDLE STEAMER IN CHURCH OPE COVE

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CHURCH OPE AND ST. ANDREWS RUINED CHURCH IN 1900.

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THE FISHERMEN'S HUTS, CHURCH OPE COVE

GODNOR POINT

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE.

GODNOR POINT IS A SHORT DISTANCE NORTH-EAST FROM CAVE HOLE AND SOUTH OF CHURCH OPE COVE.

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UNKNOWN GROUP OF PEOPLE POSING FOR PICTURE AT GODNOR POINT.

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VIEW LOOKING NORTH TOWARD RED CRANE, GODNOR POINT AND CAVE HOLE.

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CAVE HOLE AND CRANE. BELOW IS A MODERN PICTURE OF THIS SCENE.

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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE ACCIDENT SHOWN BELOW WHICH OCCURRED ON 4TH  JUNE 1949 AT CAVE HOLE.

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POM POM ROCK STACK

THERE WAS A SOLITARY ROCK STACK ABOUT 500 METRES NORTH-EAST OF PORTLAND BILL WHICH HAD PROVIDED A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE COASTAL EROSION AT WORK ON THIS RELATIVELY STABLE COASTLINE. THE STACK WAS ABOUT 20 FEET HIGH.

THE FOLLOWING PICTURES FROM 1988 UNTIL 2014 RECORD ITS DEMISE.

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POM POM STACK FINALLY FELL IN EARLY JANUARY 2014 UNDER THE FORCE OF GIANT WAVES. ITS FALL WAS REPORTED ON BBC RADIO 2 NATIONAL NEWS - PLEASE CLICK HERE.

PORTLAND BILL

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VICTORIAN SIX INCHES TO A MILE SCALE (1:10560) MAP OF THIS AREA. OTHER OLD MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE.

THERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE PORTLAND BILL AREA HERE. SEE ALSO MY WEBSITE HERE FOR MANY RECENT PICTURES OF THIS AREA.

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LARGE WAVES AT PORTLAND BILL

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PORTLAND BILL BLOW HOLE - LOCATION UNKNOWN

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STONE QUARRY CRANE NEAR PULPIT ROCK.

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THIS PICTURE AND THE ONE BELOW FORM A “SPOT THE DIFFERENCE” PAIR.

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VIEW FROM POWELL JAR OF PULPIT ROCK AND LIGHTHOUSE.  ALSO IN PHOTO IS THE RAISED BEACH, CENTRE LEFT. A RECENT VIEW IS BELOW. THE ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS ON THE LEFT ARE THE DEGAUSSING ESTABLISHMENT.

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ANOTHER OLD PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE AREA COVERED IN THE RECENT PICTURE ABOVE.

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THE SEA AT PORTLAND BILL TAKEN FROM MARSHALL’S RANCH.

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PULPIT ROCK AND PADDLE STEAMER, 1921

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PORTLAND BILL FROM AIR.

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VIEW FROM LIGHTHOUSE OF OUTING TO PORTLAND BILL 1936

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WALLSEND COVE

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BLACKNORE GORGE LIES TO THE WEST OF THE SOUTHWELL BUSINESS PARK. THESE PICTURES ARE SEPARATED BY ABOUT A CENTURY.

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BLACKNOR POINT

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BLACKNOR FORT SITS HIGH ON THE PROMONTORY. THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF THIS BUILDING CAN BE READ HERE.

WEST CLIFF

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CHESIL COVE AND WESTCLIFF.  NOTE OLD QUARRYMAN'S BUILDING, SINCE DEMOLISHED. FOR A RECENT VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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A RECENT PICTURE FROM NORTH OF BLACKNOR FORT SHOWING THE REMAINS OF THE STONE WORKERS’ HUT IN THE PREVIOUS PICTURE. NOTE ALSO THE REMAINS OF A WORLD WAR 2 GUN MOUNTING ON THE CLIFF EDGE.

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ALL THAT REMAINS OF THE STONE WORKERS’ HUT IN MODERN TIMES

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BELOW IS A RECENT PICTURE TAKEN FROM THE SAME PLACE.

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CHISWELL

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CHESIL COVE BEFORE THE ESPLANADE WAS BUILT. NOTE THE YOUNG BOY PADDLING WHILST WEARING A CAP. THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

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WEST WEARES. NOTE THE SMALL CAF´┐Ż.

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CHESIL COVE c1920s.  BATHERS RELAXING.

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THE NEW MARINE WALK, CHESIL COVE

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CHESIL BEACH AND FORTUNESWELL 1920.

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UNDERHILL BEFORE THE PROMENADE AND AIR STATION WERE BUILT.

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CHESIL COVE 1929.

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CHESIL COVE 1929.

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SHAMBLES LIGHTSHIP

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