The Old Engine Shed and the Admiralty Incline
The Old Engine Shed, The Grove
East Wears and the area around Grove is rarely visited by tourists.
This is no doubt due to attractions of the Bill, and the presence of both a Young Offenders Institution and an Immigration Removal Centre in this area. However, between these two is an area of broken ground and several quarries, both old and active, with some great views.
Much of the 5,731,376 tonnes of stone used to build the Portland breakwaters came from here, and was lowered down the the side of the hill by the wire hauled Admiralty Incline, along what is now known as Incline Road.
From the top of the incline a network of railway lines spread out to the various quarries, and a Bagnell 0-4-0 engine was used to move the stone to the top of the incline. The Old Engine Shed still survives - just. The Portland Gas Trust had ambitious plans to restore this as an interpretation centre and café, but this project has come to a standstill.