Wilfred of Locksley

Another weekend, another castle! Luckily I’m rather partial to a ruin (it’s the archaeologist in my genes). Today we went to Old Wardour Castle nr Tisbury.


This is the only hexagonal castle in the UK – although a popular design on the continent. It was destroyed during the civil war. However, a number of staircases still exist and you can climb up to the fourth floor.
  
It was the castle used as the Locksley household in Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

There was also a grotto very similar to the one at Stourhead. I liked the grotto, but it was too cold to hang around. I think we’ll come back in the summer for a picnic.

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Well, well, well

After the snake and foot fiasco yesterday, we decided to go on a jaunt to old Sherborne Castle, looked after by English Heritage. It’s now a ruin. Walter Raleigh used to live there leasing it from Elizabeth I. But it reverted back to the throne when he was imprisoned for marrying one of Liz’s maids of honour without permission.

 One of my favourite bits was the 40 foot deep well. I threw my favourite ball in … Luckily there’s a mesh there to catch balls and people! We threw stones down the gaps in the mesh and it sounded really, really deep! I don’t think I ever would have seen my ball again.

Be more dog

Yesterday we came up to Windsor to see some friends for supper and stay the night. On the drive up we got a glimpse of the castle, my second in two days! (See my blog on Corfe for the other one).

I got to play with my friend William, who is a few months younger than me so I showed him who’s boss!

However I was put in my place by the cat – who definitely showed me who’s boss and how to be more dog. It’s a Maine Coon, like the O2 cat. He’s very furry. I think I’d like a furry friend.


We’re now off up to town for another hospital appointment tomorrow. We’re trying to decide what to do this arvo. I vote for the zoo.

Of corfe it is. 

We went on a jaunt this morning to Corfe Castle near Wareham. It was originally built by William the Conquerer after 1066 when he swapped a church in Gillingham (where the big M grew up) for the plot of land overlooking Portland.

The castle today is a ruin and it makes an amazing climbing frame. It is beautifully looked after by the National Trust. There is also an old fashioned sweet shop in the town, which we visited too as the big M used to buy quarters of toffee crumble there when she was little. Guess what we bought!

 

We also very excitingly saw a steam train, which operates on the swanage railway. We didn’t get to ride in it this time, but of corfe, we’ll go next time!