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Follow the foot path down to Church Ope Cove and near Portland’s museum you pass under the arch of the bridge to Rufus Castle, extensively rebuilt in the 15th century on the site of an earlier fort the castle today is not open to the public. The Castle is also known as Bow and Arrow Castle.

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Quarry Cranes

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The hand operated cranes were originally designed for and used by the stone industry of Portland. After quarrying ceased in the area the cranes were mainly used by the local fisherman to lower their boats into the sea. The steel cranes you see today are later replacements for the original wooden cranes. Although still used until a few years ago when I recall seeing a fishing boat lifted out of the sea onto the bill today the cranes are scheduled monuments and appear no longer used.

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Portland Lighthouse from here it is just a short walk to the boat cranes

Moonfleet.

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Walking from our campsite at East Fleet Farm along the Fleet Lagoon you soon reach a tiny church. Today it is all that is left of the Moonfleet church that featured in J. Meade Falkner well known novel, Moonfleet. The church suffered badly when the sea came over the Chesil Bank in a storm on 24 November 1824. The nave of the old church was completely destroyed . All that remains has been turned into a tiny church, with odd  gravestones in the churchyard.

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Side by Side.

One of the most famous WW2 Battle of Britain fighter airfields is RAF Tangmere situated some 3 miles east of Chichester in West Sussex. Today the silent airfield hosts a military aircraft museum.

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Sea Vixen

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Vampire and Metor Jet Fighters of the 1960’s

I find it always worth visit to the village church close to any RAF airfield as  it’s  real history is recorded in the church yard.

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Side by Side ,German Stuka aircrew graves next to RAF aircrew graves at St Andrew’s Church Tangmere.