We started off by having lunch at a cafe which was overlooked by the castle, and spent some time talking about the geographical landscape; thinking about the purpose of the dry moat (we still need to find out whether the moat once had water in it!) and the reasons why castles were often built on hills. We noticed the arrow slits in the remains of one of the towers, and discussed the bridge over the moat and whether or not it was a drawbridge (it wasn't).
|Arrow Slit window in the tower|
Grace asked whether there was a "Tilting Yard" at Corfe; a large open space used for holding tournaments. There isn't - apparently tilting yards were usually only found in Royal palaces, and Corfe, as a defensive castle , had no flat land large enough for a tilting yard. When we had exhausted the camp with our questions, we went to look around the castle ruin itself. We looked through an arrow slit window, and Grace was amazed at how much you could see through it from the inside, compared with how narrow it was from the outside. We climbed as high as we could in the castle, and got a clear understanding of how much of an advantage being inside a castle on the top of a hill was in terms of defense. We could see all around us for miles from the highest point!
|Inside an arrow slit window|