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LULWORTH CASTLE

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A hunting lodge, later converted to a residence, built circa 1608 for Henry Howard, Lord Bindon and remodelled twice during the 17th century; first for Thomas Lord Suffolk between 1609-11, and again in 1641 for Humphrey Weld. Further alteration work was undertaken at some point during the 18th century by Bastard Bros. of Blandford, and in the 1780s by John Tasker. The building was gutted by fire in 1929. A restoration programme was carried out in 1993. The main front is of ashlar, with rubble stone elsewhere. It is square in plan, of 3 storeys and basement, with 4-storeyed circular corner towers, and is pseudo-military in style. The main entrance is on the east front, with a raised terrace, steps and balustrade. There is a simpler entrance on the west front. Lulworth Castle is in the care of English Heritage.

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