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.