Welcome to the Constable’s House, Corfe Castle

The National Trust SW is in the midst of CBA Archaeology Festival.

Corfe Castle from the village of Kingston to the south. A view from Kingston on Purbeck's limestone plateau.

Corfe Castle from the village of Kingston to the south. A view from Kingston on Purbeck’s limestone plateau.

Tomorrow we are in the West Bailey, Corfe Castle. A geophysical survey and evaluation excavations are needed and have been saved for the Festival.

We are trying to solve an erosion problem while discovering more about the Constable’s House in the West Bailey.

Erosion in the West Bailey. Is this area part of the Constable's House?

Erosion in the West Bailey. Is this area part of the Constable’s House?

The Constable was the baron appointed by the King to oversee his magnificent castle of Corfe and administer justice in the Isle of Purbeck. We have the names of many of the prominent men of the time who were appointed to the position of Constable at various times from 11th-16th centuries. The Constable’s house would have been high status accommodation but it changed greatly in form and plan during 500 years as fashions and architecture changed.

The King’s apartments, when he visited, were at the top of the Castle in the Inner Ward but the Constable is thought to have lived in the Middle Ward or West Bailey.

His house can now only be seen in fragments of walls..what remains of the rest of the site lies below the ground.

We’ll let you know how we get on as the work progresses.. but if you’re in the area come along and visit.

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