In 1967 it was bought by three businessmen for £21,000 but just before this sale a fire badly damaged the Great Hall and another the following year caused more devastation. The weather and vandals caused the castle to become a ruin. In 1977 Christchurch borough Council purchased what was left of the ruin for £65,000 and in 1994 the council and English Heritage began a phased scheme to repair and conserve the building. With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund much of the castle has been restored.
It is easy to walk down to the beach from the castle but beware of the hang gliders!
Aren't we having some wonderful weather? The only gardening I did at the weekend was to pick these flowers!