Isle of Portland

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The Isle of Portland is a tied island, 4 mi long by 1.7 mi wide, in the English Channel.wikipedia
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Weymouth, Dorset

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Portland is 5 mi south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England.
The town is 11 km south of Dorchester and 8 km north of the Isle of Portland.

Portland Harbour

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Portland Harbour, in between Portland and Weymouth, is one of the largest man-made harbours in the world.
Portland Harbour is located beside the Isle of Portland, Dorset, on the south coast of England.

English Channel

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The Isle of Portland is a tied island, 4 mi long by 1.7 mi wide, in the English Channel.

Portland stone

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Portland stone, a limestone famous for its use in British and world architecture, including St Paul's Cathedral and the United Nations Headquarters, continues to be quarried here.
Portland Stone or Portland Stone Formation is a limestone formation from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.

Chesil Beach

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A barrier beach called Chesil Beach joins it to the mainland. The A354 road passes down the Portland end of the beach and then over the Fleet Lagoon by bridge to the mainland.
It runs for a length of 29 km from West Bay to the Isle of Portland and in places is up to 15 m high 200 m wide.

Dorset

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Portland is 5 mi south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England.
It features notable landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door.

Weymouth and Portland

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Portland and Weymouth together form the borough of Weymouth and Portland.
It consisted of the resort of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland, and includes the areas of Wyke Regis, Preston, Melcombe Regis, Upwey, Broadwey, Southill, Nottington, Westham, Radipole, Chiswell, Castletown, Fortuneswell, Weston, Southwell and Easton; the latter six being on the Isle of Portland.

Portland

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The name Portland is used for one of the British Sea Areas, and has been exported as the name of North American and Australian towns.

Jurassic Coast

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Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms.
In some places the sea has broken through resistant rocks to produce coves with restricted entrances and, in one place, the Isle of Portland is connected to the land by a narrow spit.

Portland Bill

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Portland has been inhabited since at least the Mesolithic period (the Middle Stone Age)—there is archaeological evidence of Mesolithic inhabitants at the Culverwell Mesolithic Site, near Portland Bill, and of habitation since then.
Portland Bill is a narrow promontory (or bill) at the southern end of the Isle of Portland, and the southernmost point of Dorset, England.

Culverwell Mesolithic Site

Portland has been inhabited since at least the Mesolithic period (the Middle Stone Age)—there is archaeological evidence of Mesolithic inhabitants at the Culverwell Mesolithic Site, near Portland Bill, and of habitation since then.
Culverwell Mesolithic Site is a Mesolithic settlement, located on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England.

Rufus Castle

Rufus Castle, standing over Church Ope Cove was built for William II of England (also known as William Rufus) soon after the conquest of England by his father William the Conqueror.
Rufus Castle, also known as Bow and Arrow Castle, is a partially ruined castle overlooking Church Ope Cove on Portland, England.

Portland Castle

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In 1539 King Henry VIII ordered the construction of Portland Castle for defence against attacks by the French; the castle cost £4,964.
Portland Castle is an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, between 1539 and 1541.

Church Ope Cove

Rufus Castle, standing over Church Ope Cove was built for William II of England (also known as William Rufus) soon after the conquest of England by his father William the Conqueror.
Church Ope Cove is a small secluded beach on the sheltered eastern side of the Isle of Portland in Dorset, southern England and is part of the Jurassic Coast.

Shipping Forecast

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The name Portland is used for one of the British Sea Areas, and has been exported as the name of North American and Australian towns.

A354 road

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The A354 road passes down the Portland end of the beach and then over the Fleet Lagoon by bridge to the mainland.
The A354 is a primary route in England which runs from Salisbury in Wiltshire to Easton on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, a total distance of 51 mi.

Viking Age

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Although the beginning of the Viking Age in England is dated to their raid in 793, when they destroyed the abbey on Lindisfarne, their first documented landing occurred in Portland four years earlier, in 789, as recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
The earliest date given for a Viking raid is 789, when according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a group of men from Norway sailed to the Isle of Portland in Dorset (it was wrongly recorded as 787).

Tophill

The Merchant's Railway was the earliest—it opened in 1826 (one year after the Stockton and Darlington railway) and ran from the quarries at the north of Tophill to a pier at Castletown, from where the Portland stone was shipped around the country.
Tophill is a gently sloping area of land on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England.

Portland Branch Railway

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The Weymouth and Portland Railway was laid in 1865, and ran from a station in Melcombe Regis, across the Fleet and along the low isthmus behind Chesil Beach to a station at Victoria Square in Chiswell.
The Portland Branch railway was a railway line located on the Isle of Portland in the English county of Dorset.

Easton, Dorset

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At the end of the 19th century the line was extended to the top of the island as the Easton and Church Ope Railway, running through Castletown and ascending the cliffs at East Weares, to loop back north to a station in Easton.
Easton is a village on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England.

Portland cement

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Portland cement has nothing to do with Portland; it was so named due to its similar colour to Portland stone when mixed with lime and sand.
Its name is derived from its similarity to Portland stone which was quarried on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England.

RNAS Portland (HMS Osprey)

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It was a centre for Admiralty research into asdic submarine detection and underwater weapons from 1917 to 1998; the shore base HMS Serepta was renamed HMS Osprey in 1927.
RNAS Portland (ICAO: EGDP) was an air station of the Royal Navy, situated at the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England.

Victoria Square, Portland

Victoria Square
The Weymouth and Portland Railway was laid in 1865, and ran from a station in Melcombe Regis, across the Fleet and along the low isthmus behind Chesil Beach to a station at Victoria Square in Chiswell.
Victoria Square is a public square on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England.

Castletown, Dorset

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The Merchant's Railway was the earliest—it opened in 1826 (one year after the Stockton and Darlington railway) and ran from the quarries at the north of Tophill to a pier at Castletown, from where the Portland stone was shipped around the country.
Castletown is a small village in Underhill on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.

Chiswell

The Weymouth and Portland Railway was laid in 1865, and ran from a station in Melcombe Regis, across the Fleet and along the low isthmus behind Chesil Beach to a station at Victoria Square in Chiswell.
Chiswell (once known as Chesilton) is a small fishing village at the southern end of Chesil Beach, in Underhill, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, and is the oldest settlement on the island.