Volunteers working with on the Memory Stones 'green corridor project' have visited one of Sir Christopher Wren's landmark buildings - thanks to a local coach firm.

As reported, members of the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust were invited by the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, to visit St Paul's Cathedral, in London.

This is for the work the trust did in celebrating the architectural achievements of the Dorset-born architect, astronomer, mathematician and physicist.

Dorset Echo: Unveiling of the Wren Stone on Portland in 2023Unveiling of the Wren Stone on Portland in 2023 (Image: Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust)

The group marked Wren's 300th year last year with a memory stone unveiling on Portland.

The second of 12 stones to be commissioned, with each stone allowing people to work together to create a legacy on the island.

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Dorset-based Excelsior Coaches showed its support by transporting the group  to tour the cathedral on Wednesday, April 24, via its community fund.

Dorset Echo: Excelsior Coaches took the group to London thanks to its community fund project Excelsior Coaches took the group to London thanks to its community fund project (Image: Supplied)

Hannah Sofaer, from Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, said: “Excelsior has made the most remarkable day and landmark journey possible. 

"The visit really brought home to everyone in the group the connection between Portland’s older quarries, their ecology created from the quarrying and working of stone by hand, and its relation to the great architectural vision of Christopher Wren.

"As a builder, astronomer, anatomist, geometer, mathematician and physicist, the tour led by the Dean, enlightened our understanding of Wren’s skills and knowledge brought together in the design of his greatest masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral.”

Paul Knight operations manager at Excelsior Coaches added: “We were delighted to take a coach with a large delegation from Dorset to this important event - hosted by the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.” 

“The Wren monument was created out of material from the Portland quarry where the stone for St Paul’s was cut. It marks the start of the Wren Way - a footpath that runs to the Durdle Pier and then links up from St Paul’s Wharf to St Paul’s and other churches in the City of London that were built by Portland Stone after the Great Fire. 

“This is an historic project that has created a legacy on the Isle of Portland, and Excelsior is delighted to have helped - through our community fund - celebrate the work that has been done here.”

For more information about the project visit learningstone.org and for details of Excelsior Coaches’ community fund visit excelsior-coaches.com