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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, May 1, 2015: Pulpit Rock


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. It was intentionally left in place as a quarrying relic.


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. During the time of its creation, the island had many religious groups, and a variety of active churches and chapels. This variety was particularly down to the increasing population on Portland at the time, which due to the labour-intensive government works of constructing the breakwaters of Portland Harbour, and its defensive fortifications of the Verne Citadel.


Facing due west, the next stop from here is probably Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada!


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