Historic Houses & Sites
Reforne Wide Street , Portland, Dorset,DT5 2JP
For More Information: 020 7213 0660
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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
We do strongly suggest you contact St George's Church, Portland before you set off on your day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm prices.
Also, it may be worth clicking the link to St George's Church, Portland website, to see if there are special events and seasonal things to do that may be going on during the day.