Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built using stone when the majority were built with earth and timber. Corfe Castle underwent major structural changes in the 12th and 13th centuries.
In 1572, Corfe Castle left the Crown's control when Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton. Sir John Bankes bought the castle in 1635, and was the owner during the English Civil War. His wife, Lady Mary Bankes, led the defence of the castle when it was twice besieged by Parliamentarian forces. The first siege, in 1643, was unsuccessful, but by 1645 Corfe was one of the last remaining royalist strongholds in southern England and fell to a siege ending in an assault.
(History taken from Wikipedia)
When I first came here with my parents it was on a trip from Swanage down the road. This time we came in from the other side and walked in from the National Trust Carpark.
The carpark is behind here and you can get a tea or coffee here as well as the usual gifts
From the carpark you take this path
That gives tantalizing glimpses of the ruins
It also gives a good idea as to how hard it would have been to get to if you were attacking it
Just before you get to the entrance you pass the National Trust Tea Shop. Wish we had gone here for lunch because the pasty we had from the bakery nearby was awful being greasy & undercooked.
After showing your membership of pass you cross the bridge to the castle
looking left at the ruins
look over the bridge to see the deep moat
Or the locals trying to earn a crust. Seriously the National Trust were giving displays on how people lived back in the middle ages
this guy was softening leather to make sheaths with
He was having his lunch
Walking to the inner baily you can see the ruind looking down on you
The Keep looks very imposing
Makes you wonder how they built the place. Note the lady on the left with arms in the air
Here we look down on the old ruined walls that Cromwells me tried to blow up
This was part of the great hall in the castle
Looking out from one side of the hall you get a wonderful view of the area
Climbing further up in the ruins gives a better idea as to the size of the castle wals
most of which list over at an angle
and up at the keep ruins
Looking down you can see the gatehouse
Inside the main castle is mostly walls and windows
but you get a good view of the town of Corfe Castle
The main part which is seen looks really enormous
Stood on the walls the keep looks impressive
I find it hard to think how much effeort went into building it by hand originally
Going down you can see the beacon fires
You can see more photos of the town in this Blog and the churches in this one