History The Greyhound Inn occupies a commanding position in the centre of the historic village of Corfe Castle. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, this pretty settlement within the Purbeck countryside was best known for its clay extraction industry. However, the village is latterly recognised more famously as the site of the stunning Corfe Castle ruins, a legacy from England's medieval past. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror replaced the earlier Saxon wooden fortification standing on the site with the stone-built Corfe Castle. It wasn't until the Civil War in the 17th century that the castle was almost completely destroyed by Cromwell's forces following a lengthy siege. You can now enjoy views of these beautiful ruins during your wedding reception at The Greyhound Inn.