Located on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, this castle dates back to the Norman Conquest when William the Conqueror built one of his first castles here (although the site was in use from pre-Saxon times). The medieval period saw much additional work to the castle, but it was the English Civil War that was to be the castle's downfall. A Royalist stronghold, it was captured after two sieges and subsequently demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. However, as this collection shows, the castle was not completely obliterated and was passed to the National Trust in 1982.
This was the first NT property I visited after joining in 2009, although I had made two previous visits prior to this in 2006 and 2008. The collection contains photographs from 2008 onwards (I was still on a 35mm camera in 2006 and decided not to use any photographs from that session when I rebuilt this collection in 2018).
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