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Corfe Castle and town

Corfe Castle and town

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.134

Length: 18.3

Width: 26.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The village and castle at Corfe are constructed from the local Purbeck stone, even the village cottages have stone roofs - quite an unusual feature for rural domestic dwellings. When the stone trade moved from Corfe to Swanage in the late 18th century, the village experienced a financial decline and all building work ceased. As a result the village today retains a uniform style endowing it with an "olde worlde" charm.

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