Conservation work at Corfe Castle

Signs of Civil War destruction at Corfe Castle, Dorset © NTPL/David Levenson

Signs of Civil War destruction at Corfe Castle, Dorset

This winter we are working on the fabric of Corfe Castle as part of our commitment to conservation. The castle will remain open throughout the project and we’ll do our best to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Starting on 14 October, specialist contractors will be carrying out repairs on the first, third and fourth towers in the outer bailey, the north tower in the west bailey and the south west gatehouse.

The work is due to finish on 23 December.

Scaffolding will be in place during the project and there will be no access to the third, fourth and north towers for most of this period.

Access to the south west gatehouse will be maintained through a tunnelled walkway.

Work has been scheduled to avoid weekends so as to minimise the impact on visitors and no contractor vehicles will enter the castle during opening times.

Continual conservation

Like other medieval monuments, Corfe Castle needs regular conservation to preserve its fabric from the elements.

The last major works took place in 2006-9 and won an award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for the use of traditional materials and techniques.

There will be more information about the work on display in the castle.