The East Weare Rifle Range is a disused 19th-century rifle range, situated on the north-east side of the island, within the area of East Weares. Positioned below the clifftops of Grove Point, the range is close to Portland Harbour, and is also known as the Naval Rifle Range.
The main part of the range is the monumental stop butt, built in Portland stone. The range became a scheduled monument in October 2015, under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance.
This designated status applies to the stop butt, marker's gallery and target housing, and the sole remaining 100 yard firing position. Additionally, the range sits on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Information by kind permission of Portland History ©Ashley Smith