New Zealand - 2018

I found myself unexpectedly in New Zealand early this year. I dind't have time to take lots of picture but I did take afew. These are my favourites.

I think I'll give it a miss..

This was just one of the views any potential attackers were greeted with. It assumes you've already crossed river corfe and the defensive moat around the castle itself.

Eastern Flank too

Now, you can see the height difference. THis is taken on the western bailey. The green awning below is the level of the main entrance.

Keep me safe

Actually I don't think it was an arrow slit but I have no idea what room this may been once.

Try your luck?

Corfe Castle, Inner Bailey. See more on my website or facebook page #markferriphoto #corfe #castle #dorset #purbeck #jurassicoast

Random Architecture

Can we ever really know what went on in these rooms? Even here in what must have been the safest place in purbeck, the defensive nature of the structure is clear.


The view across the outer bailey from the lowest level of the keep. Just to the right of the gap in the lower wall is the castle entrance.

Last Ditch...

If attackers were at this point I think that A) they were rock hard and B) it wasn't going to end well for those inside.

More chambers..

The scale of this building is incredible.

Top of the world

I'm at the same level as the keep. This was the remains of the great hall. The keep is behind me. all three floors of it


This was once an arrow slit in a defensive tower on the outer wall

Eastern Flank

Western Bailey, looking along the eastern flank of teh castle. This is the same stretch of wall visible in the first picture.

Western Outer Bailey

Looking towards the eastern flank of the keep. I'd have needed to fight my way across two stretches of open ground and passed two walls to get at the keep.

The Keep..

Taken from western bailey, looking up at the keep.

Between a rock and a...

From an attackers Point of view this place must have been pretty much hell on earth.

Inner gates

This set of inner gates is almost identical in arrangement to those at the front of the castle, They lead to the western bailey. The bulk of the fortifications lay beyond this point.

Outer Baily

standing at the bottom of the outer bailey, you're looking up at the motte and the keep atop it. On the left edge is the only way in.. through another set of gates across another inner ditch.


From here it's possible to see that having made it through the first gate, there was another beyond it.

Southern Flank

The only way in to the baily is through this small arch, across the moat. It's flanked by two towers with ovelapping fields of fire.

Northern Approach

To my right is the river Corfe, to my left the hill that has the castle back wall on it. Formidable!