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Corfe Castle

The jewel in Purbeck’s crown, visitors flock to see this imposing hilltop fortification. Commissioned by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it’s one of England’s most magnificent stone castles

The jewel in Purbeck’s crown, visitors flock to see this imposing hilltop fortification. Commissioned by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it’s one of England’s most magnificent stone castles. It played a key role in the English Civil War, surviving two sieges before being taking by subterfuge and partly demolished by Parliamentarians in 1645. The dwellings in the nearby medieval village are built from stone plundered from the castle, now a scheduled ancient monument.

 

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