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About Corfe and Purbeck
Corfe Castle is a beautiful and historic village in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. It takes its name from the ruined Castle.
Old map of Corfe Castle Edward the Martyr
Edward the Martyr
In 978 AD 18 year old King Edward was murdered here on the orders of his stepmother. Edward was an unpleasant young man and bad king.
Work on the Castle was started in 1080 by William the Conqueror and continued by his successors. By about 1300 this was one of the strongest fortresses and most splendid palaces in the country.
Enemies of the king were locked in the “Oubliette” and were left forgotten till they died.
By 1585 the Castle was considered dank, and out of date, and Queen Elizabeth sold it. In 1635 it was bought by Sir John Bankes by which time it was again a magnificent palace. During the Civil War Sir John Bankes stayed with the King leaving his wife at Corfe.
St Edwards's Church Model Village
She and a few retainers twice withstood sieges by Parliamentary forces commanded by Sir Walter Earle before the Castle was captured by treachery, and destroyed in 1646. The Bankes family continued to live near Blandford until 1980 when Mr. Ralph Bankes died leaving the Castle and the rest of his estate to the National Trust. Descendants of Sir Walter Earle still live near Wimborne.
Corfe Castle's parish church of St Edward the Martyr is dedicated to King Edward. Folklore has it that the church stands on the site of a blind woman's cottage where the King's body was taken after the murder. In the 13th century the original church was replaced by a larger church but by 1859 the state of the repair was so bad that everything except the tower was demolished and a new church in Gothic style was built. After a century and a half the new church has blended in well.
Corfe Castle boasts two hotels, both with restaurants, three pubs, three tea rooms, a general store, an excellent baker, a Post Office, two jewellers (one of London's West End quality), a National Trust shop and other attractions. Corfe Castle Model Village shows the castle as it was before it was destroyed. There is a regular bus service and steam railway link to Swanage.
Mortons House Today Mortons House
Then and now. It is remarkable how little the village of Corfe Castle has changed over the centuries, the photographs show Mortons House as it was almost a century ago and how, as a hotel, it is today. Corfe Castle has taken the strain of the growth in visitors and has lost none of its charm in doing so.
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