Photographer's Note

Corfe Castle, I have been told, is one of the most photographed and painted sites in England.
It was built in a gap (Corfe is the Saxon word for gap)in the Purbeck Hills with a clear view of the sea so that it could defend the rich agricultural lands and forests that surround it. (I have placed a view of the castle from Poole in the workshop so that you can see the way it is sited.) The oldest existing structure on the site dates to the 11th century, although there is evidence of an older fortress below the foundations of even these ruins.
According to legend, it was in that older structure that Edward the Martyr was assassinated in 978 by his stepmother so that her son, Ethelred ‘the Unready,’ could take the throne. In the late 12th century, it became one of King John’s favourite castles (and yes – that is the King John of Robin Hood Legend) and became a comfortable royal residence (as well as a busy prison). By the 13th century it was primarily a royal treasure storehouse and prison.
In the 16th century, Elizabeth I sold it to her Lord Chancellor and it became an opulent private residence. During the Civil War, it was captured by Parliamentarian forces after their second siege and it was destroyed by explosives and then undermined to ensure that it could never again be used by the Royalists.
After that, as usually happens, the ruins became a popular source for local building materials and resulted in the decimation of all but the largest structures.

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