Hello, welcome to my second post. I’ve managed to get access to the computer while Hugh is out of the house. For those of you that have not read my first post, then you can read it by clicking here.
Oh, this is me, by the way. My name is Toby and I’m a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. There were only 99 of us born in the UK last year. Corgis that is, not dogs with the name Toby!
For my second walk, I am going to take you on a walk around Corfe Castle. The castle is now owned by the National Trust here in the UK and building started way back in 1086 when William the Conqueror swapped a church in Gillingham for the land where the castle was built.
As you can see from the pictures, the castle is now a ruin.
However, we were allowed to walk inside the castle and check out its interior which was full of history.
In 1106, Henry the First fought a battle with his older brother, Robert of Normandy and ended up locking Robert up, in the Keep of the castle.
Between 1199 and 1214, King John imprisoned his French niece, Princess Eleanor of Brittany, at the castle. She survived, but 22 of her knights were not so lucky. I wonder if any of them were subjected to this device?
Between 1220 and 1294, Henry III and Edward the First made many home improvements and modernised the defences of the castle while the inhabitants went about their daily lives.
The last royal owner of the castle was Queen Elizabeth the First who sold it to one of her favourites, Sir Christopher Hatton. It was not until 1635 that the castle was sold again to the Lord Chief Justice, Sir John Bankes. He and his family stayed true to King Charles during the Civil War, while the opposing Parliamentary forces held almost all of Dorset, where Corfe Castle is located.
Here’s a couple more pictures, before we carry on the walk.
That last picture is of the village of Corfe Castle taken from the top of the castle. It’s a beautiful village with lots of quaint shops and cafes.
OK, back to the history lesson. Between 1643 and 1646, under the command of Dame Mary Bankes, Corfe Castle twice held off sieges in the Civil War. It was finally captured because of treachery from within its walls. The castle was then partially demolished and looted by order of Parliament but remained in the ownership of the Bankes family until 1982, when it was given to the National Trust by the family. What a wonderful gift to the people of the UK.
We had a wonderful time exploring the castle and taking in all the history. I must say that I felt quite at home what with being a Corgi and walking around a castle.
I hope you enjoyed the walk with me. I’ll finish off with a few more pictures before I say goodbye, as I can see Hugh on his way back to the house, so I better pretend to be asleep when he gets in. Until next time.
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