Corfe Castle

fortification in Dorset, England

Coordinates: 50°38′25″N 2°03′34″W / 50.64028°N 2.05944°W / 50.64028; -2.05944

Corfe Castle is a small village and ruined castle dating back to the 11th century. It is in a gap in the Purbeck Hills, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Wareham, in Dorset, England.

Corfe Castle from the north
Corfe castle village seen from the castle

The oldest surviving structure on the castle site dates to the 11th century, although there are good reasons to suppose that there was a stronghold there before the Norman Conquest. Edward the Martyr was killed at the site on March 18, 978.[1]

The castle was besieged in the English Civil War. After it was captured it was partly demolished (slighted).[2]


  1. "Corfe Castle, Dorset: Excavation History", Pastscape, English Heritage, retrieved 2012-01-05
  2. Donagan, Barbara (2010). War in England 1642-1649. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 88. ISBN 9780191614170.

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