The Defiance of Mary Bankes
In the 1640s, England was in the grip of civil war and Corfe Castle found itself on the front line of conflict between Parliament and King Charles I.
The formidable Lady Mary Bankes led its defence while her husband was away serving the King and became a darling of the Royalist cause in the process
Explore her life and legend though three audio story points located at the south west gate house, in the west bailey and near the gloriette in the inner ward.
You can also listen to the three acts of Mary's story by clicking on the links below.
But Mary's defiance didn’t end with the fall of the castle. After years of petitioning Parliament, she lived to see her family estates returned and the restoration of King Charles II.
Even her enemies were impressed. The victorious Parliamentarians eventually presented her with the keys to Corfe Castle as a tribute to her courage, and you can still see them today at the Bankes family’s later home, Kingston Lacy, a few miles from Corfe Castle near Wimborne Minster.