Corfe Castle sits on a natural hilltop. Its origins date to the late 11th century, although it may have been built on an earlier, pre-Conquest site. The castle was altered and enlarged in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, and its keep was refurbished as a house in the mid 16th century. Following the Civil War, the castle was slighted and largely destroyed.

Historic England Archive OP09232


  • Title: The ruins of Corfe Castle, Dorset
  • Creator: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England
  • Date Created: 1933/1966
  • Rights: Copyright Crown Copyright. Historic England Archive
  • Medium: Photographic paper print

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