is steeped in history. Evidence can be found right back to 6000 BC of
several burial mounds on the southern edge of the village. King Alfred
the Saxon King built Corfe's Gate Castle and a herringbone wall thought
to be part of the original castle stands within the grounds of the present
castle. Norman King William the Conqueror built on the site around 1090
AD and his son King Henry developed the site. The castle was blown up
by the Roundhead during the civil war in 1645 when it was owned by the
Corfe got its name
from the Saxon word for gap as it is equal distances between Swanage
and Wareham. Situated in the heart of the "Isle of Purbeck"
and nestled between the coast and hills,
The Village of Corfe
is a great place to visit. Found on the A351 road to Swanage. Car parks
are available or you could arrive by one of the Swanage steam trains
that run between Nordon and Swanage.
Castle "The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle stand on a natural
hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. As you
can see it guards the gap between the south of Purbeck, where Purbeck
marble was once quarried, and the rest of England. Nothing could pass
in or out without going past the Castle."Opening
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Corfe Castle Model
down this beautiful garden to look at how the castle would of looked
like before its destruction in 1645. Commissioned by local business
man Mr. Eddie Holland and opened to the public in 1966. This 1/20th
scale model was hand crafted by local builder Jack Phillips.
The garden fires
up the imagination of the children with stories of fairies and goblins.
There is a wooden train to sit on, giant drafts and a Hi-Tower game.
Garden enthusiast will find lots of labels on trees and plants and a
place to buy cuttings from the garden out at the entrance by the cafe.
This is a fascinating
place for adults and children and well worth a visit. Opening
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Wander round the
Corfe village and look at the houses, some dating from the 16th Century.
Spot the stones from the old ruined castle that can be found in the
walls of the local houses. Opposite the Corfe Castle Model Village there
is small museum
showing local photos and artifacts taken from Corfe's past. The National
Trust shop found further up the same road provides a place to buy tourist/historical
information and goods. The Ginger
Pop Shop found in Corfe Village Square is perfect for adults and
children who enjoy the works of Enid Blyton. Housing over 150 titles
and book sets, traditional wooden toys and games and a fridge full of
ginger beer! The owner Vivienne Endecott is superb at inspiring young
minds and offers a wealth of information on Enid Blyton.
- Corfe Castle
Railway"The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates
on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful
Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. "
Park at Nordon and
travel to Swanage and Corfe. Plenty of car spaces, toilets and a great
childrens play area can all be found at Nordon train station. When you
arrive at Corfe Station look at for the
Boilerhouse Gallery, it exhibits local artists and can be found
right by the east side of the tracks by the bridge.
- Dorset Steam Train from Corfe Castle to Swanage
destinations: Corfe Castle by Tim Harry
of Sir John Bankes and Corfe Castle
Castle - The Hilltop of a Thousand Years: Holmebridge House
Resources for Schools
- A Ruined Castle
and Eating at Corfe
in Dorset: DH Cottages
& Breakfast Accomodation
Advisor - Corfe