“We love because he first loved us”
1 John 4:19
Let’s travel today, what do you say?! Butch and I took a trip to the British Isles, and you may remember going with us to the well known Liverpool, England, (even checking out the music scene here), Edinburgh, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland. But we visited a few lesser known cities such as Newcastle and Portland! And boy, were we in for a beautiful surprise as our ship docked in Portland Harbour, England! We had booked a tour to a castle that we knew nothing about…we just decided to take our chances. I have often heard people say, “if you have seen one castle or church, you have seen them all.” I couldn’t disagree more! They are all unique with their own history and beauty! I had read that all that remained of Corfe Castle were ruins…and that just made me want to go even more….I don’t know why, but I love a ‘good ruin”! It turned out to be one of our favorite stops among the four countries that we visited and oh-so-intriguing! Come along as we take you to medieval hilltop ruins, a quaint English village, and a lovely man-made harbour. Why not enjoy a “spot of tea” as we travel!
The first castle building was probably built of wood. In the latter half of the 11th century, William the Conqueror rebuilt the Castle in stone. The chalk of the hill Corfe Castle was built on was an unsuitable building material, so Purbeck limestone quarried a few miles away was used.
Standing at the ruins of Corfe Castle, you have a view of Corfe Castle village and St. Edwards Church. The parish church is dedicated to King Edward who was killed in 978, on orders of his “wicked stepmother”.
In the 13th century a large church was built. Great damage was suffered during the 17th century as a result of the struggle between Puritanism and conservatism in the church. Further decline continued in the following centuries. In 1859, the state of the church was so bad that everything except the tower was torn down and a new Gothic-style church was built.
…quaint homes…(hmmm…could that be “that particular shade of blue“?)
Returning from the castle to the Isle of Portland, a craggy peninsula of the English Channel coast. The famous Portland stone quarried here has been used for many well-known buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the United Nations Building in New York. Portland is the southernmost point of the county Dorset and is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.
Portland Harbour is one of the largest man made harbours in the world. It played prominent roles during the First and Second World Wars. It was used for sailing competitions during the 2012 Olympic Games.
We hope you enjoyed touring with us! Travel is an education that expands our horizons, even if we just read and view from someone else’s eyes! Armchair travel, which I do often, is still a great way to see the world and learn of distant lands, histories, and cultures!
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