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Odiham Castle, North Warnborough

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Odiham Castle is a ruined castle situated near Odiham in Hampshire, United Kingdom. It is one of only three fortresses built by King John during his reign.The site was possibly chosen by King John because he had visited the area in 1204 and it lay halfway between Windsor and Winchester.ConstructionOdiham Castle was built on 20acre of land acquired from the local lord, Robert the Parker, utilising a modified bend of the River Whitewater.The castle, which took seven years to complete, had a two-storey stone keep and a square moat. There were also raised banking and palisades. Notably, the stronghold also had a domus regis or king's house.Scrolls held by the Public Record Office indicate that total expenditure between 1207 and 1214, when work ceased, amounted to £1,000 (equivalent to £11.4m in 2009).HistoryIn 1215 it was from either Odiham or Windsor that King John rode out to Runnymede, where he met the barons and attached his seal to the Magna Carta. A year later Odiham Castle was captured by the French after a two-week siege during the First Barons' War in 1216. The garrison of just 13 surrendered on July 9 1216. At some point over the next 9 years the keep was completely rebuilt, possibly to remedy the damage done to it by the French forces. At the same time the mound on which the keep sat was raised by 5 metres and an inner moat surrounding the keep was added to the defences.
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  • I would not go out of my may to visit this ruined castle but on a walk of the Basingstoke Canal it is "must see". It has been cleaned up greatly since I first visited ovetvtwenty years ago and the mes...  more »
  • Old castle close to the canal. Although a ruin, one can still imagine what the castle was like. No admission charge, and pleasant to combine with a walk along the Basingstoke canal. Sometimes local hi...  more »
  • Easily enough to access and a wonderful amount of history amongst these ruins. With the canal at the edge, it's a beautiful part of Hampshire to wander through any time of year, but the summer is part...  more »
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  • Arrived by Kayak from Church Crookham. Gorgeous little paddle along the beautiful canal. Interesting display at what remains if the castle. Posts in the canal bed are put in to prevent landing here which is a nuisance, but plenty of room alongside.
  • Good for a short visit, no charge, right on the canal so make sure you stop by as part of your country walk.
  • Not much to see but if you approach this canoeing on the canal it is good fun to get out and explore. Free and interesting for 15 minutes!
  • The perfect walk is from here to the Waterwitch pub for a refreshing drink.
  • Very nice and a picturesque location, not really much to do but def worth a visit for 15 mins