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Picture of Corfe Castle, Dorset, England, photo by Photographer Paul E Williams. The first Corfe Castle was built by the order of William the Conqueror after his conquest of England in 1066. It commands a pass through the Purbeck hills that carried the main road between Wareham and the port of Swanage. A steep hill in the pass had temporary earth and timber fortification constructed which was replaced by Henry II with a stone keep. Walls were ten built running down the hill to form an oval compound with a Bastion and draw bridge at the bottom completed in 1105. Outside this grew the village of Corfe that we see today. In 1139 during the English o civil war Corfe Castle was a formidable castle which withstood a siege from King Stephens forces. The castle remained a royal fortress until Queen Elizabeth I sold it to he Lord Chancellor, Ralph Treswell, in 1572. During the English Civil War of 1642 Corfe Castle was owned by Charles I Attorney General, Sir John Bankes, and was held against Parliament for the Royalist cause. Under the command of Lady Bankes, Corfe Castle held out with only 80 men against a parliamentary army which lay siege to the castle for six weeks until Royalist forces arrived and raised the siege. At the end of the civil war in 1645 Corfe remained one of the few Royalist strongholds and came under siege by Parliamentary forces again. The garrison was betrayed from within and the castle was taken and Lady Bankes and her soldiers were allowed to leave. Parliament voted to sleight the castle so its wall were taken down and destroying the Keep. Today Corfe Castle ruins are a picturesque landmark.

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Picture of Corfe Castle, Dorset, England,  photo by Photographer Paul E Williams.  The first Corfe Castle was built by the order of William the Conqueror after his conquest of England in 1066. It commands a pass through the Purbeck hills that carried the main road between Wareham and the port of Swanage. A steep hill in the pass had temporary earth and timber fortification constructed which was replaced by Henry II with a stone keep. Walls were ten built running down the hill to form an oval compound with a Bastion and draw bridge at the bottom completed in 1105. Outside this grew the village of Corfe that we see today.  In 1139 during the English  o civil war Corfe Castle was a formidable castle which withstood a siege from  King Stephens forces. The castle remained a royal fortress until Queen Elizabeth I sold it to he Lord Chancellor, Ralph Treswell, in 1572. During the English Civil War of 1642 Corfe Castle was owned by Charles I Attorney General, Sir John Bankes, and was held against Parliament for the Royalist cause. Under the command of Lady Bankes, Corfe Castle held out with only 80 men against a parliamentary army which lay siege to the castle for six weeks until Royalist forces arrived and raised the siege. At the end of the civil war in 1645 Corfe remained one of the few Royalist strongholds and came under siege by Parliamentary forces again. The garrison was betrayed from within and the castle was taken and Lady Bankes and her soldiers were allowed to leave. Parliament voted to sleight the castle so its wall were taken down and destroying the Keep. Today Corfe Castle  ruins are a picturesque landmark. <br />
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Photo art prints of Corfe Castle by photographer Paul E Williams  can be bought on line for worldwide delivery.