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IMPREGNABLE CORFE AND THE LITTLE TOWN IT SHELTERED

IMPREGNABLE CORFE AND THE LITTLE TOWN IT SHELTERED

Corfe has a unique site, set, as it is, on a grass hill almost sheer on three sides amidst a sharp gap in the Purbeck hills. Corfe was held for Maud against King Stephen in 1139, and the barons manned it against Henry III, and in it Edward II was imprisoned. The castle's end was a shameful one, for the gallant Lady Bankes with half a dozen men defied the Puritan troops for over two years till a traitor took a bribe and opened a postern. Then the fine place was not merely "dismantled," but ruined with gunpowder.

Other pictures from Some Early Norman Castles


CHEPSTOW, THAT HELD THE PASSAGE OF THE SEVERN, AND THE CASTLE OF 'PEVERIL OF THE PEAK'

OLD-TIME PROTECTORS OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER AND THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

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