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Good Morning Everyone,

I think this will be my last post from Corfe Castle, for a while.

I have shown you the castle and the station, so I thought I would end with a bird's-eye view of the village, from the castle walls.

From this view, you can understand why the castle was built here. The views over the surrounding land are vast!

Just below the castle is the church of St. Edmund the Martyr. It has a very long and dramatic history:-

In AD 978 Queen AElfrida (or Alfthryth) of Mercia was staying at the royal fortress of Corfe Castle with her stepson Edward and her own ten-year-old son, AEthelred. Aelfrida had her stepson murdered to put her own son on the throne. The murdered boy-king became known as St Edward the Martyr, and Aethelred is better known to history as Aethelred the Unready, from the Saxon words un-raed, or 'ill-counselled'.

According to one tale the king's body was found by a blind woman, lain in a cottage and was later thrown into a nearby marsh. A supernatural light appeared over the marsh, and Edward's body was recovered and buried at Wareham. The dead king's supporters at court spread tales that miracles could be attributed to the murdered king, who was duly declared a saint.

Much later the cottage where his body had lain was replaced by an early medieval church, dedicated, not surprisingly, to St Edward the Martyr. The first church was probably built in the early or mid-13th century, and the first recorded vicar comes from 1280. That first church was composed of a nave, chancel, north aisle, and north porch. In the late 13th century a second aisle was added, with later, Victorian extensions.- History has many such tales about the route to kingship!

Between the castle and the church is a lovely pub; I think it is the Greyhound Inn. Incorporating a visit to the castle with a meal here entitles you to a 10% discount. (Maybe when lockdown ends!!)

In the distance, you will be able to see the smoke from the Heritage Steam Train. See it closer in my workshop.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)



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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9118 W: 362 N: 21101] (83142)
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