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69072009LRThis area covers the northern end of Easton Village and the western end of Grove Road.

The football stadium is seen in the top right-hand comer of the red square at its new location - it was moved to allow the Portland Stone to be quarried near the centre of the red square.

Inmosthay Quarry is the rough green area on the left of the red square - a huge area of quarries now mostly in-filled with stone waste.

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CROWN FARM

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FOOTBALL GROUND ‘BLUES CLUB’

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THE DRILL HALL

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INDEPENDENT QUARRY

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UNEXPLODED BOMB

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THE NEW FIRE STATION

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CROWN FARM

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A modern view of the buildings at the corner of Easton Street and The Grove. Crown Farm occupied this site until World War 2 when the buildings were greatly damaged by bombing.

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Crown Farm in the 1920s.

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Bomb damage to Crown Farm on 2nd July 1942. The Dairy was destroyed and the Farm House was extensively damaged.

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FOOTBALL GROUND ‘BLUES CLUB

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The entrance to the Portland Football Stadium when it was in its original position closer to Easton and almost opposite Crown Farm.

The land beyond this archway has been quarried away but the arch remains as seen below.

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The ‘Blues Club’ which is a popular centre for social events as well as the Portland Town Football Club - please see here.

THE OLD DRILL HALL

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The Old Drill Hall just north of Easton. The Portland Volunteer Artillery Brigade was founded in 1859 and drilled in the ‘Old Maister's School’ but, in 1868, it moved into these new premises.

It was later used as offices by a stone company before being used by the local scouts and most recently being a centre for the arts specifically stone carving and sculpture courses - please see here.

The Weymouth to Portland line ended in a quarry close to the main road and directly opposite the Drill Hall.

 INDEPENDENT QUARRIES

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This vast sprawling quarry dominates the area north of The Grove. In this panoramic picture the main workshops are central in the distance and the Old Drill Hall can just been made out on the skyline near the left edge of the picture.

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Here we see a large redundant building being demolished in Independent Quarries in 1989.

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Nearby was a stone crushing plant and this rusting piece of machinery was used to crush the stone. It has now been scrapped and the area where it stood has been quarried away.

UNEXPLODED BOMB

In 1995 the quarry owners decided to quarry away the stone where the football club ground stood a new pitch and stands were built to the east. When the football pitch was ripped up an unexploded Luftwaffe bomb was found buried just under the middle of the playing area and this sparked the evacuation of 4000 people from their homes for the 31-hour operation by the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Team. The 1,000 lb device was thought to have been dropped in 1942 by a Heinkel bomber.

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It was successfully removed to Portland Museum where it now sits.

The local Portlanders took this disruption in good heart and several 1940s style street parties were held with the locals dressed in appropriate fashions.

FIRE STATION

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When the old fire station in Foundry Close was demolished this new station was built in The Grove almost opposite the football club.

 

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