A BIT OF HISTORY
It was William the Conqueror who began the construction of the castle in 1066 in this strategic position. Since then and for the next five centuries battles, mysteries and plots linked to the history of England have intertwined inside and outside its walls, but undoubtedly the figure of its castellan par excellence is linked to the name of Lady Mary Bankes. In the 16th century the manor was sold first to the Royal Chancellor and then to John Bankes. A royalist with government posts and husband of Lady Mary. Then, in August 1642, the English Civil War began; the conflict was the result of years of disputes between the Crown and Parliament over who would hold supreme power over the government of England, Wales and Ireland. Shortly thereafter, in 1643, Lady Mary assumed control of Corfe Castle as the king had sent her husband John to York, to join the royalist army. The woman enslaved in the castle with her daughters, servants and five other men waiting for a sure attack of the parliamentary army. Then in May of the same year, a department of two or three hundred men attacked the castle but without success, despite the disparity of forces. Mary took direct part in the defence by throwing stones and burning coal from the ramparts to counter the enemy forces, repelling them even with cannon fire. Thanks to the support of a hundred Royalist soldiers, Mary managed to hold out for three years until one of her men betrayed her, leading a group of parliamentarians disguised as royalists inside the fortress. At that point Mary was induced to surrender but her courage had definitely impressed the enemies who allowed her to leave with the keys of the castle (now they are kept in Kingstone Lacy always in Dorset ). Finally, a legend tells Mary threw the family treasures into the well to prevent them from becoming a spoil of war. Thecastlewas then blown up by Mps with gunpowder and was never rebuilt.