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Corfe Castle

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Corfe castle

Strategically perched on an ancient hilltop and guarding the main route in and out of the Isle of Purbeck sit the evocative ruins of Corfe Castle, steeped in history the castle has had an explosive and turbulent past.

Parts of the castle date back over 1000 years and there is also evidence to suggest that parts of Corfe Castle even pre-date the Norman Conquest.

Edward the Martyr was assassinated at Corfe and twice it has been under siege by Parliamentarian forces but from the 13th century Corfe Castle was mostly used as a royal treasure house and also a prison. Even today local myths and legends still abound about forgotten treasure buried in the castle grounds.

Nowadays Corfe Castle is owned by the National Trust who are presently renovating and restoring the castle to its former glory. You can find out more about the castle and its history on the National Trust website.

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