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The land on which Lulworth Castle stands was first acquired by Thomas Howard, 2nd
Duke of Norfolk, through his marriage in to the de Newburgh family. In 1575 Queen
Elizabeth appointed him Viscount Bindon and in the same year he built a large country
house on the site of Bindon Abbey. Thomas was wealthy and of high status, standing
as Vice Admiral of Dorset and defender of the coast against smuggling and piracy.
The estate passed in 1582 to Henry and eventually his brother Thomas who built the
castle as a hunting lodge to host hunting parties for the King.