Pulpit Rock, Portland

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Pulpit Rock is a coastal feature at the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. The artificial stack of rock was left in the 1870s after a natural arch was cut away by quarrymen at the Bill Quarry on the famous headland, Portland Bill.[1] It was intentionally left in place as a quarrying relic.[2] It is similar to the quarrying relic landmark stack Nicodemus Knob, located close to Portland's East Weares area, at East Cliff.

The landmark was designed with religious connections; the large slab of rock leaning again the main stack depicted an open bible leaning on a pulpit.[3] The rock has remained a popular tourist attraction on the island, and is often photographed and climbed.[4] Despite the danger, for many decades Pulpit Rock has been a popular place for tombstoning.[5] Pulpit Rock is also a local popular point for Wrasse anglers, and in 1998 the British record Ballan Wrasse was caught here by local expert Pete Hegg.[6]

The geological succession up from sea level is: Portland Cherty Series (up to the level of the neighbouring quarried platform), then Portland Freestone (the oolitic limestone quarried inland of Pulpit Rock), then a cap of thin-bedded limestones which are part of the basal Purbeck Formation.[7]

See also


  1. "Portland Bill: Exploring Portland by Geoff Kirby". Retrieved 2008-11-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Portland Bill - Geological Field Guide". Southampton.ac.uk. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2013-01-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.geoffkirby.co.uk/Portland/675680/
  4. "Sea Gallery | Pulpit Rock, Portland, Dorset by Robin Mills ARPS; Fine Art Photography". Robinmillsphotography.com. Retrieved 2013-01-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. YouTube (2009-08-01). "Cliff Jumping, Portland Bill: Extreme sport Tombstoning danger". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-01-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Portlandbill.co.uk". Portlandbill.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "West, Ian. M. 2008. The Isle of Portland: Portland Bill. Geology of the Wessex Coast". Retrieved 2009-01-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Media related to Pulpit Rock, Isle of Portland at Wikimedia Commons

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