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Corfe Castle - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Corfe Castle.

The historic urban character of Corfe Castle is closely bound up with its distinctive landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric. The Castle ruins provide a magnificent backdrop to the medieval streetscapes of the town.

The medieval town plan survives almost completely, and the associated post-medieval streetscapes are largely intact, while modern suburban development is largely limited to the southern part of East Street.

The landscape and topographic setting of the town, in particular its location in a gap in the Purbeck ridge and its containment between the two branches of the Corfe River, is fundamental to its character.

Here is a summary (pdf, 211kb) (opens in a new window) and the full report (February 2011) is below. We would welcome your comments. Please send any feedback to the Project Officer.

Part 1 and 2 Introduction and overview (pdf, 513kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 550kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 and 5.2 Historical development - Medieval and post-medieval (pdf, 611kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 and 5.4 Historical development - Nineteenth century and twentieth century (pdf, 604kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 313kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 The Castle and Medieval Town (pdf, 582kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 West Street (pdf, 573kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 East Street (pdf, 739kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 207kb) (opens in a new window)

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