Don't just go straight to the Bill explore the rest of the Island. Tout Quarry Sculpture Park is a good place to start.
Very impressive site. However, to give Portland its true title -
"Island and Royal Manor of Portland", just a thought?
Looks like I've found my reading material for the long dark nights! Well done for taking over where Geoff Kirby's site left off!
Wow congrats on a great site. Was based at the Airfield for many years and lived on Portland and in Weymouth. Fabulous place. Now living in Christchurch, New Zealand and reading from here. Thank you.
Thanks for creating this wonderful site. (Almost) everything about this wonderful place is now in one place. I think there isn't much on the island I haven't explored, but if I missed out on something I'm sure I will find it here :-)
Congratulations, Ashley, impressive work. I moved to Portland a few weeks ago and have learned so much from Geoff Knight's site, but was aware that it was no longer being updated. It's great to have another resource. Keep it up!
Congratulation on a very good and informative site Thanks again
My wife and I lived on the island in the 70's but moved away because of work requirements. That was one of the biggest mistakes of my life as I miss the island to this day.
Thank you for this website, I hope to contribute some photographs in due course.
Tony (Jan) Carey
Only just found your site, well done! I was a wafu at Osprey and later returned to live both underhill and tophill.......... will browse the pages when I get a chance.......nearly bought a beach hut at Church Ope Cove, but thought it was too expensive at £600 in the 70's!!!!
Lived on the Island from 1952-1967. Haven't been back since June 2002. This will bring back memories, some good, some very much not so good.
A well designed, informative and easy to use website. Congratulations for tremendous work which I'm sure will be extremely helpful to visitors. I moved to Portland 3 years ago and am fascinated by its long history. I'm currently working on a mural for the entrance hall of the Heights Hotel and have found a few places that I should include. Many thanks, brilliant work.
I stay on this beautiful Island during some hollidays. I vistit my friends and have seen many lovely places on this Island. The Fotos and informations on this side are very good. I hope, I come back to Portland soon.
Thank you so much Ashley! I was born on the island in 1950 and left to work away when I was 16. I came back at least 3 times a year until I went to South Africa to live in 2001.
In 2011, my husband and I returned to England and there was only one place to settle. Portland!
I have now marked this page as a Favourite and will check it regularly.
Born and brought up on the island its great to see the photo's.They bring back some great memories,love the site.
Cannot believe I've only just found this site. I love Portland.moved here 06 wouldn't move away ever again.
This is wonderful. We manage Pennsylvania Castle Estate (The Castle, Cove Holiday Park, and Stoncleave). If there is anything we can do to help please let us know. Keep up the great work.
Fantastic to see my old home is now listed. I lived at Tudor cottage 167 Wakeham from 1957-1968 when my family emigrated to New Zealand. My parents carried out substantial restoration work on the cottage revealing many of the features described in the listing.
Ex-Weymouth native here. Absolutely great job on the web-site. Content is well researched and thorough, design is simple and pleasing. Wish I'd found the site sooner!
The best website I've ever seen :-)
Thank you for creating this very well put together compendium of information about Portland. As a former resident of Portland it is nice to read through these pages and to reminisce and also learn more about an area in which I grew. From being a student @ Portland Tophill Senior to being an apprentice chef @ Pennsylvania Castle and then being the first Executive Chef at the Portland Heights Motel I have found reading this cyclopaedic reference of Portland to be a most gratifying use of my time and will return often to the information contained here. Again kudos for a job well done.
Just found your site. Brilliant. Will definitely be spending time here. Thank you
Just found site fab
Such a fantastic site. I have loved Portland all my life and visit as often as I can. When I am away miss it so much and this site means that I can read and look at your lovely photos whenever I want to. Hoping to move there in the not too distant future. Thank you.x
I did not this site was up.l'm happy now bcause l'am from portland and now my kids can read it they are Living in Danmark so its great
Wonderful site, thank you for putting this together. Having lived here since 2007, I remain in awe of Portland's history and it's beauty no matter which way the wind is blowing.
Lived Underhill from 1938 until 1960.
Worked in the dockyard drawing office. Lived on what was the canteen ground now the heliport. Great stuff.
we previously owned stonecleave and Easton post office happy memories
Always good to learn more about my family home....lovely place to live and visit.
Great memories of our beach hut, brings a tear to my eyes to think back, I miss my UK family, especially my Sister and her Husband. Good resource for future generations, learn something every day. Thank you Ashley
Well done a website about my fav. subject. I was born on Portland in 1960 and still think of it as home! My father and brother worked at The Verne.
I often wonder what happened to my school friends.
I was born 59 but not on Portland, moved there 66, went to Underhill junior then Weymouth Grammer, Dad worked at The Verne too until we moved in 1972, Dad got promoted but I miss Portland every day. Your surname is familiar but it was long ago sadly. Wonderful memories living safe behind the Verne tunnel, running wild with that view! I hope you find your friends from back then.
My great aunt, known as Tillie Sansom, was, before she married, companion to Mrs Head at 'The Castle', my mother also worked there as a maid in the early 1900s. Tillie first married Richard Stewkesbury, then Abe Sansom.
A great place to live we are very lucky, keep up the good work.
Researching my family tree & found my Great Grandfather had been a principal warder at the prison. Have now visited the museum and discovered my Great Grandparents died in 1911 and are buried at St George's Church. Such helpful volunteers at the Church and Museum. Have also been able to learn about the rest of the family. Love Portland.
A superb work of scholarship, of the highest value to anyone researching the rich history of the island. Thank you, Ashley. I hope you feel as proud of your work as you deserve.
Thank you for the time and energy that was needed to put this website together. Back in 1976 the majority of gravestones at St Andrews Church Church Hope were standing and intact. Our family name was amongst them. I think the grave was for a 'Henry Byatt' and was headed with a small skull and crossbones. I took my son there in the 2005 on a trip to the UK (I left in 87) to discover the grave stones had all but gone, the 'Byatt' one included. We were going to do a rubbing of it. So sad! After standing intact for centuries to be destroyed.
A wonderful source of knowledge. Will be my "go-to" site for any historic information needed when working in the area.
Thanks so much for providing such a wonderful resource about the beautiful island of Portland.
I have found it to be a very special place with so much to see and do and such stunning scenery.
When I drive across the causeway, my shoulders drop and I feel myself instantly relaxing. It seems to have that effect on many people.
Every late April/early May I eagerly await the arrival of the sea pinks flowering on the causeway. A riot of colour. This is my personal signal that summer is not far off.
A cream tea at the Lobster Pot is another of my favourite things to do.
Walking around the island and observing the changing land and seascape is always a joy.
Thank you again for making Portland more accessible for everyone to learn about it and discover this very special and unspoilt little island.
Hi. I am descended from Elijah Allen who was my 2nd Great Grandfather and John Allen his son who were both Chairman of Portland UDC in the 1910-20s.
Interested to see pictures and find out more about the Court Leet.
John Allen was Reeve of the Manor of Portland in 1938.
What an amazing site. I would say one of the best designed sites I have ever seen.
Wonderful pics and information about Portland, presented superbly.
A big Thanks for creating the site.
Very impressive - will comment when more familiar with content
Excellent work Ash, very impressed. Respect
Excellent resource. Very well laid out.
Thank you so very much, from my sofa I can go back to one of very few places I actually felt free and home. Dad worked at The Verne and explored Portland with Mum. I went to Underhill Junior until passing 11+ in 70. Running wild, safe behind The Verne tunnel with the views around us, top of the world, it calls me back but circumstances don't allow sadly. Brilliant work and shared with us, again thank you, please keep adding more? Namaste.