It’s a place I remember running round with my brothers and sister and friends during school holidays, maybe pretending to be a princess (a sword fighting, bow and arrow firing princess – you have to be with three brothers), or just playing a sneaky game of hide and seek. Running wild.
The castle was built by the Normans after William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066. During the English Civil War it was targeted by Parliamentarians, and this is why the walls are fractured, broken and jagged, with boulders of brickwork sitting in huge lumps down the slopes.
Every Christmas, when we decorate the tree, I will remember our day at Corfe.