All Saints Church, Portland

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All Saints Church

All Saints Church is a 20th-century Anglican church, located in Easton village, on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. It was consecrated in 1917 and has been a Listed Grade II building since September 1978.[1] The church succeeded to the rights, privileges, registers and silver of the St George's Church.[2] It has been described as the finest ecclesiastical building on Portland – though somewhat hidden at its position. The church remains active to date, as part of the Portland Parish - a host of three churches; St. John's Church (St John the Baptist), All Saints Church and the Avalanche Memorial Church (St Andrew's Church).[3]

History

By the 20th-century, the bishop of the time expressed the wish for a new church to be constructed on Portland, to succeed St George's as the parish church.[4] The church was known for being uncomfortable and draughty, while the original freehold selling of the box pews proved to be a burden over the life of the church. This was because the pew owners had become untraceable as they had been split between hundreds of members of Portland families over time.[5] These issues led to plans being put forward for a new parish church, and these were approved in 1913.[6]

By March 1914, enough funding had been raised to commence the building of the church. The chosen site for the church was within the Easton area known as Straits.[7] The building of the church commenced in 1914, and was completed and consecrated in 1917.[8] It had been designed by architect George Crickmay, and built by Crickmay and Sons,[1] with total costs amounting to £13,000.[9] The original plans had intended for a tower to be added to the church, however this was never built.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1281831)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Legg, Rodney (1999). Portland Encyclopaedia. Dorset Publishing Company. p. 7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://portlandparish.weebly.com/find-us.html
  4. http://dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk/reforne.htm
  5. Legg, Rodney (1999). Portland Encyclopaedia. Dorset Publishing Company. p. 132.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Legg, Rodney (1999). Portland Encyclopaedia. Dorset Publishing Company. p. 7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Mackenzie, Roy (1999). Portland: A Topographical and Historical Gazetteer. p. 8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. http://dorset-churches.org.uk/portland-easton.html
  9. Legg, Rodney (1999). Portland Encyclopaedia. Dorset Publishing Company. p. 7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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