I have been having such fun with #MarchSquares that I nearly forgot I needed to prepare a #PastmeetsPresent post for today. Fortunately inspiration struck as I scrolled through my archives – one of the most evocative castles in southern England – Corfe Castle.

Corfe Castle ruins

Founded by William the Conqueror, it later became a favourite residence of King John. King John expanded it and apparently added many creature comforts. Further work was undertaken by his son Henry III and also by Edward I in the late 13th century. Corfe Castle then remained largely unchanged until the 17th century, when Cromwell’s army destroyed it.

I took these photographs nearly eight years ago when some lovely friends loaned me their house in Corfe for a much needed short break following my stint an an electoral agent in the 2010 General Election. Where does the time go?! We spent a wonderful few days exploring the many footpaths and trails in the Purbeck Hills, and I was able to fully recharge my batteries. On nearly every walk there were fabulous views of the castle ruins, however I haven’t been able to find any photographs which match the ones I took. So not a perfect #pastmeetspresent but close enough!

If you want to join in with this month’s #pastmeetspresent the rules are quite simple;

  1. Post at least two pictures.
    • The first must have been taken by you
    • The second needs to be of the same view (or similar) as the first but taken days, weeks or years before. This one doesn’t have to be taken by you, so it can be of a postcard, a picture in a book or a painting. If it isn’t your photo I do recommend checking you haven’t infringed copyright and remember to reference it!
  2. Use the tag #pastmeetspresent and link back to mine πŸ™‚

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    1. That would be fabulous πŸ˜€ but don’t worry if you can’t. There are so many great challenges, impossible to do them all!

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  1. Gorgeous shots Becky. Not a place I’ve visited.
    The olds shots you’ve included are fascinating and the black and white one is so close to you shot above it.

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    1. Thank you Debbie . . . .it is a wonderful village, well worth visiting if you are ever in the area. And yes you are right I got close . . . I did find a better one but on another website and their system to download wasn’t working so I gave up!

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  2. Mr Cromwell has a lot to answer for! I’m always amazed by how these ancient buildings and ruins have lasted so well.
    Justin Beaver has an idea for a past meets present post. It’s not exactly two photos of the same scene but he has two photos from different years that tell the same story. πŸ™‚ He needs to get onto writing it.

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    1. He certainly does, albeit if all of England’s castles were still in situ we’d be very blasΓ© about them all!
      That’s fabulous about Justin – I look forward to seeing it 😁

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