Gallery wrapped, canvas prints.
Corfe castle dates to the 11th century, although evidence exists of some form of stronghold predating the Norman Conquest. Construction of a stone hall and inner bailey wall occurred in the 11th century by the 13th century the castle was being used as a royal treasure storehouse and prison. The castle remained a royal fortress until sold by Elizabeth I in the 16th century to her Lord Chancellor. The Castle was captured in 1646. After its capture, the castle was destroyed with some explosives to ensure that it could never stand again as a Royalist stronghold. In the centuries that followed, the local populace took advantage of this easy source of building material and masonry; door frames and other items originally from the castle can be seen in a number of nearby houses. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the Bankes family regained their properties. Rather than rebuild the ruined castle they built a new house at Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne Minster in Dorset. In the 1980s, Ralph Bankes bequeathed the entire Bankes estate to the National Trust, including Corfe Castle and much of Corfe village.