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MORTONS HOUSE HOTEL
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EAST STREET, CORFE CASTLE, DORSET. BH20 5EE  •  TEL: +44 (0) 1929 480 988   •   EMAIL: stay@mortonshouse.co.uk

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The Local Area
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Jurassic Jaunts
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Corfe
Corfe is an unspoilt English village built in Purbeck stone and dominated by the ruins of the Norman Castle. It is the capital of the Isle of Purbeck and the site where Edward, first King of England was martyred in 978AD.

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Old Harry

Castle
An important Mediaeval Royal Fortress commanding a cleft in the Purbeck Hills, one of the most impressive ruins in England besieged by parliamentary forces in 1646. Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. There is also a Visitor Centre - opening hours coincide with the castle hours.

Beaches
The Purbeck coastline is designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". The beaches of Studland, Lulworth, Swanage, Kimmeridge, Durdle Door(pictured) and Old Harry are all within easy reach.

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World Heritage Status
In December of 2001, the Dorset and East Devon Coast was officially ranked as one of the natural wonders of the world.

The decision, taken by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, puts the coast firmly on the map as one of the most geologically important places on the planet. The 95 mile stretch of coast, starting at Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage, provides a walk through some 185 million years of the history of the planet and contains a number of outstanding fossil deposits.
For more information, visit the 'Jurassic Coast' website
here.



Students of Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck might like to study the many sepia toned prints of the area around the ground floor, dating back to the turn of the century, these were taken from the Dennis Smale archival collection and includes the 1769 prelude to the modern day census.

Pictured left is the first Sandbanks to Studland ferry which first operated on the 15th July 1926 !

Museum
We have the smallest Town Hall in England and a small Museum with wonderful archives that include a set of Dinosaur prints and a collection of domestic and agriculture implements. You will find this just around the corner in West Street opposite the Fox Inn.

Model Village
You will find this in the same street as the Museum and again well worth a visit. It shows the Village in its glory including the Castle before Oliver Cromwell made his grand entrance!

Churches
We have two churches in the Village, St Edwards, which is situated in the Village square and the Congregational which is opposite the Hotel down the side path by "Why" Jewellers. Both are well worth a visit if only for their historic interest. There are two Roman Catholic Churches, one in Wareham and one in Swanage. The Benefice of Corfe Valley includes Corfe Castle, Church Knowle, Steeple with Tyneham and Kimmeridge, Rempstone, Woolgarston and the islands in Poole Harbour (except Brownsea Island).

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