A Church inspired by St Paul's Cathedral
Vast and solitary, St George's is one of the most magnificent 18th-century church in Dorset. It rises from the rocky, treeless and dramatic peninsula of Portland and is the masterwork of a local mason named Thomas Gilbert who supplied the Portland stone used to build St Paulâ€™'s Cathedral.
The interior is fabulously preserved with it's lectern, pulpit, box pews and galleries all surviving. It is a 'preacherâ€™s churchâ€™ with all the seating facing the twin pulpits â€“ one for reading 'the Wordâ€™ (scripture), the other for lengthy sermons.
The sprawling churchyard is a treasure trove of fabulous headstones and memorials that tell tales of murder, piracy and adventure in a gloriously atmospheric setting.
There are inscriptions to Mary Way and William Lano, who were shot and killed in 1803 by a press gang, and Joseph Trevitt, an assistant warder at Portland Prison who was murdered by a convict in 1869.
Open from May to September from 2.30pm to 5.00pm; at other times keyholder nearby
This attraction (St George's Church, Portland) was last updated by the daytripfinder staff on 2011-05-27 18:10:46 UTC