Looking to the ruins of Corfe Castle over the stone roofed cottages seen from the beer terrace of the Bankes Arms. It dates from between 1066 and 1087 by William the Conqueror and was added to and strengthened by following monarchs. The castle remained a royal fortress until sold by Elizabeth I in 1572 to her Lord Chancellor, Sir Christopher Hatton. The castle was bought by Sir John Bankes, Attorney General to Charles I, in 1635 and remained in the Bankes family until bequeathed to the National Trust in the 1980's. During the English Civil War the castle was besieged by Parliamentarian forces twice, unsuccessfully in 1643 and again in 1645 when it fell to Cromwell's men. In March 1645 Parliament voted to demolish the castle and it has remained so ever since. The Bankes family decided not to rebuild it after the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.