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Corfe Castle

Sacred Hill

<b>Corfe Castle</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 18/05/07
This site is of disputed antiquity. If you have any information that could help clarify this site's authenticity, please post below or leave a post in the forum.
As Kammer points out below, the hill on which Corfe Castle stands appears on this website due to its inclusion in The Modern Antiquarian book by Julian Cope.
Nearest Town:Corfe Castle (1km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SY959823 / Sheet: 195
Latitude:50° 38' 23.14" N
Longitude:   2° 3' 28.76" W

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Sat 17 July - Sun 1 Aug 11.00-16.30
The Castle, Corfe Castle

Children's trail everyday, with main event on 27-31 July
Living history, hands-on activities, Bronze Age pottery, finds identification and meet a real archaeologist!

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Chance Posted by Chance
5th July 2010ce

New Discoveries at Corfe Castle

by Paula Tegerdine of 'This is Purbeck' online
Wednesday 04 February 2004

Quietly hidden among the rolling hills of Purbeck is a unique and important archaeological landscape... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
4th February 2004ce
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This is a beautifully bleak place. Its well worth the money to the NT to just have a wander round the ruins, and get the amazing views from the top. Prehistory wise there isn't that much to see except the mound itself and at least 5 barrows within view from the top.

The whole area does oooze of the 'mother spirit' however and its not hard to imagine this hill being revered, standing solitary as it does between the two huge banks, that seperate Purbeck from the world.
juamei Posted by juamei
15th April 2002ce
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Traditionally Edward The Martyr was killed here by his wife Elfthryth, before the castle (that we see now) was built. So most likely it became a place of pilgrimage. Or perhaps the story pre-dates the event and so does the site. wideford Posted by wideford
27th March 2004ce
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Once going there I undertook the steep climb to the nearest portion of the bare hill on the other side of the road from the castle itself. Despite the meagre evidence about me I could not shake the feeling that this was the prior site in this vicinity, only later being purposely slighted by the building of Corfe Castle opposite. I too felt the presence of giants two, only mine were lying down head to head chatting, their bodies going down the respective hills . wideford Posted by wideford
17th December 2003ce
Edited 5th April 2004ce

An excellent place to appreciate this womanly view is at the Scott Arms (raised up on a hill opposite, further into Purbeck) with a pint of beer in your hand (check it on the 'facilities' menu). Also I can vouch for their puddings. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
28th November 2002ce
Edited 1st October 2004ce

If like me you're wondering, "why is a Norman castle on this Web site?", the missing bit of information is a referrence to the castle mound (not the castle itself) in the Modern Antiquarian book:
"Crossing Middlebere Heath, the mound of Corfe Castle rises up between its two hill ridges like a divine Mother hill. When I visited Corfe Castle in May 1996ce, I saw that the castleless mound had once represented the Mother lying on her back, the East Hill and West Hill representations of the open legs and the central mound as great clittoris, womb and belly all together."
Thanks to Holy McGrail for pointing this out. I must read the book from cover to cover 'cos I keep missing these things!
Kammer Posted by Kammer
28th November 2002ce
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Corfe Castle sunrise timelapse - Flickr

I came across this and I think it is just lovely.

Flickr (Philip Male) Corfe Castle sunrise timelapse video
thelonious Posted by thelonious
31st December 2014ce
Edited 7th July 2015ce

Francesca Radcliffe - Aerial Archaeology

Nice aerial picture, and a little bit of info.
pure joy Posted by pure joy
24th November 2002ce