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Silklake Quarries

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The above image is copyright Dorset County Council 2000 and is reproduced here with permission.

This area enclosed by the red square is mainly taken up by Silklake Quarry.  This is a working quarry and the lorries emerge via Bumper's lane which is in the extreme lower left-hand corner of the square.

Old photos of this area can be seen here.

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During the late 1980s these buildings and machinery were being dismantled and removed.

This shows the crushing plant shortly before its removal in July 1989

Heading north up Wakeham we find Bumpers Lane on the right. This leads into Silklake Quarries and the entrance is marked by this remarkable carving of a head.

My son poses as an escaped convict!

Close by the junction of Bumper's Lane and Wakeham is the Alessandra Hotel with a great Italian cuisine,  click here for details.

Please click here for an old view of this building when it was the Alexandra pub.

Wakeham is a great street to stroll along looking at the old cottages and houses.

This pair are very old and the left-hand cottage has a traditional Portland Porch.

It is said that these were used by Portlanders to keep a watch out for the Revenue Men and Press Gangs - although it is much more likely that these porches were used to keep the lashing rain away from the front door which usually opened straight into the living area.

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