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From almost any direction Corfe Castle is one of the most spectacular ruined castles in Britain. Here in 978 A.D., King Edward, aged 18, was murdered at the instigation of his stepmother, who coveted the throne for her son. The castle was ruined by Roundhead forces during the Civil War in 1646 and after the war much of the stone was used to build houses in the village. The remains of the castle are now owned by the National Trust.
The mellow Purbeck stone cottages are also a feature of this unspoilt village.
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