The village of Corfe Castle in Dorset surrounds the ruin of a castle which dates back to the 11th century. The castle stands on top of a 55m high hill and can be seen for miles around. The keep was built in the early 12th century for King Henry I, William the Conqueror's son. After six centuries of keeping enemies at bay, an Act of Parliament was passed at Wareham to destroy the castle. Soldiers used gunpowder to bring the towers and ramparts crashing down, resulting in the yawning gaps and crazy angles that can be seen today. After a brief period of confiscation, the castle was handed back to the Bankes family and remained in their ownership for three and a half centuries. In 1982 Ralph Bankes gave it to the National Trust.
The village churchyard reached capacity many years ago, so a cemetery was established. The land for the current cemetery, "God's Acre", was donated by Henry Bankes in 1924 and vested in trustees. The trustees continue to manage the cemetery to this day. All those involved in the running of the cemetery live within the village. The current cemetery, which covers an acre and a third, is nearing capacity and will be seen to have lasted some 80 years. The Parish Council has purchased the adjoining field to the current cemetery, from the National Trust. The Parish Council has agreed with the God's Acre Trustees that they continue to manage the extended cemetery on a day-to-day basis.
The church in Corfe Castle is St Edward King and Martyr, and is shown separately on findagrave here.
(cemetery info by Lancashire Lass)
GPS Coordinates: 50.63661, -2.05913
- Added: 21 Aug 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2366879
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