Corfe Castle Parish Council
Welcome to the Corfe Castle Parish Council Website
Our website aims to bring everything great about Corfe Castle, the Council and events in the village to you. If there are any suggestions, comments or information you either want to add or would like please use the contact us, either using the form or the Contact page.
Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter?
You can find help and information here
Could you be a Parish Councillor?
Elections will be held in May 2019 and a new Parish Council will begin a term. If you are interested in learning more about being a Councillor please contact the Clerk through the website or telephone on 01929 426125
Call for Evidence on National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
At their recent meeting Corfe Castle Parish Council considered a response the the Governments National Park and Landscapes Review Call for Evidence. Read more here.
A little bit about Corfe Castle
The village of Corfe Castle is much renowned for its Royal castle but there is much else in and around the village for both visitors and residents alike. The Norman Castle, destroyed by an act of Parliament following the civil war, is nestled in Corfe Gate – a natural break in the hogback Purbeck Ridge. The castle and much of the settlement that extends south from it is built of Purbeck limestone. During the medieval period stone carving, particularly of Purbeck Marble was worked here in Corfe, an activity that, though diminished, continues to this day. The Ancient Order of Purbeck Marblers and Stonecutters still hold their annual meeting here and play football along lanes and tracks on Shrove Tuesday to underscore their traditional rights of access.
An ancient settlement site, Corfe Castle is home to an extensive range of archaeological sites from the stone, bronze and Iron ages. Information on aspects of these can be found at the National Trust visitors center (Castle View) and Corfe Castle Museum. An important site for such remains, as well as being of significant ecological value, is Corfe Common adjoining the settlement to the south. Similar historical and ecological importance is attached to the Purbeck Ridge that stretches east and west from Corfe Castle. The Norden transport interchange is an excellent point from which to start a walking tour of the village and its surrounding hinterland. Facilities for visitors within Corfe are good with a selection of local shops, tearooms and pubs; many of the latter have good views from their gardens! Quality accommodation is also widely available.