Pulpit Rock, Portland
Pulpit Rock is a coastal feature at Portland Bill, 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 Bill Quarry. It was intentionally left as a quarrying relic, similar to that of Nicodemus Knob, another quarrying landmark at East Cliff. The rock has become a popular tourist attraction on the island and is often photographed.
Pulpit Rock was designed with religious connections; the large slab leaning against the main stack depicted an open bible leaning on a pulpit. Despite the danger, for many decades it has been a popular place for tombstoning. Pulpit Rock is also a popular point for wrasse anglers. The British record Ballan wrasse was caught there in 1998 by Pete Hegg.
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.
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