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Corfe Castle is a small village in the county of Dorset. It is the site of a ruined castle that has the same name. The village and castle are located between Wareham and Swanage and 5 miles east of Langton Matravers.
History of Corfe Castle
Nearly all periods of history are celebrated in and around Corfe Castle Village, from the Jurassic periods when dinosaurs roamed the Isle of Purbeck, right up to the modern day.
All around the village there is evidence of Celtic habitation. The Village Common is an excellent example of a Celtic field system. Apart from their abilities as warriors, they were excellent farmers. Their port would probably have been the local cove of Kimmeridge.
There is a lot to do when you are staying in one of our handpicked Corfe Castle Cottages and below you can find out just a few of the attractions that we enjoy the most. If you are looking for a particular day out, our team can help you – call us today.
The first castle buildings would have been built of wood. In 979 King Edward was murdered by his step-mother so that her own son Ethelred the Unready could then become the King of England. In the latter half of the 11th Century the Castle was then rebuilt in stone by William the Conqueror. For the next six hundred years it was a royal fortress used by the monarchs of England.
For the whole of the Medieval period, Corfe was a royal castle. It was used by Kings as one of the five royal castles. King John kept his crown jewels here. Henry VII gave it to his mother but later it reverted to Henry VIII. Edward II was imprisoned here. Queen Elizabeth sold it to her Chancellor, Christopher Hatton, who fortified it further in readiness for the Spanish Armada. Much torturing and murder took place here.
The Hatton Family sold the castle to the Bankes family. Civil war broke out and it was then left to Lady Bankes to defend the castle in 1643 and 1645. She was finally overcome by the treachery of one of her own officers. Following an Act of Parliament, the Castle was then blown up from the inside by engineers.
Corfe Castle Model Village
Corfe Castle itself was destroyed during the Civil War – but have you ever wondered what it must have been like before it was destroyed? The Model Village opened to the public in 1966 and depicts the Castle and village as it was in 1646. You can compare the real castle with the Model castle from the garden, this gives a fantastic idea of how it used to look when it was home to Lady Banks.
What’s on in Corfe Castle:
30th April to the 2nd May 2017
Saxon & Viking Siege of Wareham
You are invited to visit the Saxon village, speak to the craftspeople and learn about family and warrior life. Witness the dramatic re-enactments, sieges and battles.