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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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  • Lovely walk and amazing ruins.walk along the canal path,and lots of history boards telling the story. 
  • This is an interesting little place to visit for 15 mins or so. Luckily it's free and right along the lovely Basingstoke canal so it'd good to combine. There are several pubs, the canal, the river cro...  read more »
  • Interesting 13th century castle ruin. On the Basingstoke canal near Greywell tunnel. It's open to the public and free. Nice stroll or bike ride. 
  • Great historic sites where the Magna Carta was signed. Can be reached by foot or bike from the Basingstoke canal. Well with a visit if you like your history.
  • Think it was better before the info signs and walkways. Used to be a bit of a hidden treasure wonderful to break up a walk with young children.
  • Would have been nice if it wasn't for the masses of dog poo every where. I can only conclude the local dog walking community are too lazy to pick up the disgusting faeces of their smelly muts. Not nice for my three young children who should be allowed to roam freely and enjoy themselves without the risk of stepping in one of the most disgusting substances known to man. Avoid unless you want to spend hours cleaning dog poo off your shoes and out of your car's mats and pedals!
  • It's a ruin, but on the upside it's free!
  • Nothing spectacular.
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