The Village and Castle Model at Corfe Castle

One of the most stunning model castles in all the world is so amazing that it has its own website: Corfe Castle is not only the name of a historically important medieval castle in Dorset, southern England, but is also the name of the adjacent village. If you have the chance to visit this part of England, known as the Jurassic Coast, and the Isle of Purbeck, do not miss this amazing model.

The castle itself is a ruin, but is a very important castle in England’s history. This was King John’s favorite castle. It was also a place where he indiscriminately imprisoned and allowed to starve to death people he considered to be political threats to his reign. Item 39 of Mana Carta almost certainly refers to such prisoners, “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.” 

Corfe Castle and the village, extending like two legs to the south, can be seen in this Google Earth view:

The model itself, located at the beginning of the western “leg” is so large, it can be seen from space.

The entrance to this amazing model is through the Courtyard Café and Tea Room on West Street.

The model is 1/20th scale of Corfe Castle and the village as they would have appeared in 1646, just before the castle was “slighted” by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentary army of Roundheads. The model was the brainchild of Eddie Holland, a local businessman, who first conceived the idea in the 1950s and the castle took two years to build.  Many of the houses were built by Jack Phillips, of Parkstone, and feature handcrafted Purbeck stone tiles on the roofs. The exhibit was opened to the public in 1966. Do not miss the chance to visit this truly impressive model castle and village.