View of Corfe Castle, Dorsetshire
Artist and engraver: Sherlock, W.P.
View of the village of Corfe in Dorset and ruins of Corfe Castle standing precariously on a hill side. A castle was built at Corfe by William the Conqueror but the structure shown here was built later and in stages. It has a Norman keep and system of walls with bastions around the inner and outer bailey. It is positioned on a steep hill on the Purbeck Ridge. The village and castle were built of local Purbeck stone, which was considered the highest quality limestone in England. It was a royal castle for centuries although by the late 18th century it was owned by the Bankes family. It was severely damaged in the Civil War during several sieges by the Parliamentary army, which led to its ruinous state.