What’s the link between Corfe Castle and the exploits of Sir Francis Drake? The answer is an Elizabethan courtier who danced his way into the heart of a Queen. Sir Christopher Hatton was the castle’s first private owner whose colourful career helped shape a fast changing world.
A tale of courage, conflict and treachery made one of Corfe Castle’s aristocratic owners a heroine of the English Civil War. Her story is retold in The Defiance of Mary Bankes, part of Women and Power.