The Tolpuddle martyrs
The Trade Union movement
The Trade Union movement was effectively born in Dorset. The 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' were all farm labourers who decided to set up a Union in Tolpuddle to give them bargaining strength to curb their impoverished conditions.
George Loveless, James Brine, James Hammett, James Loveless, John Standfield and Thomas Standfield were all transported to Australia for 'administering illegal oaths' but the injustice of their sentence led to a massive campaign across the country.
The martyrs are commemorated each summer at a special festival in Tolpuddle which attracts trade unionists from around the world.
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Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route betweenWareham and Swanage. The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built using stone when the majority were built with earth and timber. Corfe Castle underwent major structural changes in the 12th and 13th centuries.
In 1572, Corfe Castle left the Crown's control when Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton. Sir John Bankes bought the castle in 1635, and was the owner during the English Civil War. His wife, Lady Mary Bankes, led the defence of the castle when it was twice besieged by Parliamentarian forces. The first siege, in 1643, was unsuccessful, but by 1645 Corfe was one of the last
remaining royalist strongholds in Southern England and fell to a siege ending in an assault.
In March that year Corfe Castle was demolished on Parliament's orders.
Enid Blyton's adventure stories were inspired by the Isle of Purbeck countryside.
She first came to the the area in 1931 and some Dorset landmarks became places in her books - Whispering Island is based on Brownsea Island and Corfe bears a remarkable likeness to Kirrin Castle in the stories.