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Corfe Castle, Dorset

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Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It is the site of a ruined castle of the same name. The village and castle stand over a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The village lies in the gap below the castle, and is some eight kilometres (five miles) south-east of Wareham, and the same distance west of Swanage.
Post townSWANAGE
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridSY9681
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01929
Population1,429 (parish)

Other names by which Corfe Castle, Dorset has been known in the past

Corf ~ Corf Castle ~ Corffe Castle

Corfe Castle, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Corfe Castle, small town, hundred, and par., Isle of Purbeck, SE. Dorset, 4 miles SE. of Wareham -- hundred and par., 8809 ac. land and 1075 ac. water, pop. 1777; P.O., T.O. The castle, which is situated upon an isolated hill, was dismantled during the civil war, and is now in ruins. King Edward the Martyr was assassinated at its gates in 979, and King John starved to death 22 noblemen within its walls in 1202. In the neighbourhood of the town are quarries of Purbeck marble and pits of potter's clay.

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