This article on Swanage and the surrounding area by W. Armstrong Willis first appeared in The Gentleman’s Magazine, Published by F. Jefferies in 1889.
On March 18, 978, King Edward the Martyr was hunting with dogs and horsemen near Wareham in Dorset. During this activity, the king decided to visit his young brother Ethelred who was being brought up in the house of his mother Ælfthryth at Corfe Castle, near Wareham. Separated from his retinue, the King arrived alone at the castle. While still on his horse in the lower part of the castle, Ælfthryth offered Edward a glass of mead and, while he was drinking it, he was stabbed by one of the queen’s party. He rode away, but soon fell from his horse and was dragged with one foot in the stirrup until the corpse fell into a stream at the base of the hill upon which Corfe Castle stands.
What to see in England, A Guide to Places of Historic Interest, Natural Beauty or Literary Association was published in 1908 by Gordon Home. Primarily designed to encourage rail travel this book contains short descriptions of the places with precise details on how to get there from London. This is his description of Corfe Castle, Dorset without the travel directions.
The heroic defence of Corfe Castle during the Civil War is a well-known Dorset story, but it was a repeat of a briefer siege some five hundred years earlier, as David Pilling recounts in an article in the Dorset Life Magazine
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This description of Corfe Castle, Dorset, England is taken from The representative history of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield published in 1816.