Friday, 3 March 2017

Five on Friday - Part the Fourth

Hello

Welcome to the Five on Friday visitors joining us from the link-up on Amy's Love Made My Home blog. You are joining us on our walk along the Basingstoke Canal in Hampshire.

Last time, I left you wondering what we'd find round the next corner and I think you'll be surprised to find that it's a castle!

My five this week relate to the life and ruin of Odiham Castle.

One

It was built by King John, who may have ridden from there or Windsor to put his seal to the Magna Carta in nearby Runnymeade in 1215. A convenient stopover half way between Windsor and Winchester, it was built in 1207, completed in 1214.  It was one of only three castles that he built and the site was chosen for its good defensive position on a bend of the River Whitewater, which may have been modified, and 20 acres of land was taken from Robert the Parker. Documents survive outlining that it had square moats, banks and palisades were raised.  The Pipe Rolls record that over £1,000 was spent on the domus regis, king's house, over the seven year period. Various defensive improvements were made over the years.


Two

Two years after it was completed, it had to suffer a two week siege at the hands of the French but it went on to flourish in the 13th Century when it was home to King John's daughter Eleanor and her husband Simon de Montfort.  King Henry III, her brother, had granted her the castle two years before she married de Montfort, making them one of the most powerful households in the land. However, Simon became a leading member of the revolt against Henry and died at the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and Eleanor was exiled - the Castle returned to the Crown.


Three

In the 14th Century, the castle played a part in the Despenser's Rebellion against Roger Mortimer and King Edward II's wife Queen Isabella of France, housed a sitting of Parliament and was a prison to a Scottish King, David II, for 11 years.



Four

 By the 15th Century it had become a hunting lodge and a ruin by the 16th.

There's a fireplace but the tiles were put there later.

You can see the post holes for the second floor level




Five

The Basingstoke Canal was built through part of its Bailey in 1792 and nowadays only the octagonal keep survives. It's  a great place to wander around and take in the atmosphere.



Our walk will continue along the towpath, you are most welcome to join us if you fancy. 😊

Have a great week.

Cheerio

30 comments:

  1. You have seen so much on this walk. I love to come across ruined castles, they have such a great atmosphere. B x

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    1. It was such a great walk I was able to stretch it to five blogposts! I can't think why we haven't been there before. x

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  2. That's wonderful. You never know what's just around the corner and this was an interesting find!

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    1. What's left of the castle is such a great shape and marks the history wonderfully.

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  3. Fascinating! You certainly get a real sense of history there, but of course where you live there is so many centuries of history.

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    1. We are lucky over here to have so many curiosities to make us see into the past.

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  4. Cracking castle! I loved all the history. Must go and see it as it's not far from here x

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    1. It's a lovely spot with all those bats and wildlife too. x

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  5. Thank you for the tour of the castle. I love castles. They have such history about them and tell such a story. When I'm standing in the middle of them I can imagine the things that must have taken place there. Wonderful.

    Happy Five on Friday

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    1. Even when they've been completely demolished and only the archaeology is left, it's so interesting imagining what's gone before.

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  6. Poor King John, neither he nor his castle fared very well.

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    1. They were difficult times, we're so lucky to live when we do.

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  7. There are few things in life better than exploring old ruins, thanks for sharing your adventure with us!

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    1. Pleasure. There was a time when it was fashionable to have a ruin on your estate and some lovely old buildings were deliberately ruined. Great fun looking round though.

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  8. I enjoyed the surprise around the corner. the castle played a huge part in some of the country's earlier history and it's great that the ruin is still there to wander around:)

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    1. Walking the way we did, we couldn't see it until it was right in front of us. Ta dah! Great fun. 😊

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  9. This is a fascinating bit of history! I absolutely loved it! Wonderful post.

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    1. So pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for your message. 😊

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  10. What a wonderful experience. This castle is over 800 years old. I find it totally amazing :)

    Diana

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    1. Incredible isn't it. It must have looked wonderful in its heyday with the moat.

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  11. I used to visit Basingstoke regularly when my best friend lived there but did not see very much of it unfortunately and it looks like I missed out. This is a lovely post and very informative.

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    1. If the canal went all the way to Basingstoke, you might have ventured along to the castle. Glad you enjoyed it. 😊

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  12. Old castle ruins never lose their appeal for me. I love reading about their history. My husband and I visited friends in Basingstoke last summer when we came to the UK. Wonderful photos and information.

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    1. There's some lovely countryside around the busy town of Basingstoke. Great to catch up with your friends I'm sure.

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  13. Love your post today and the wonderful pictures included. Thanks for the tour.

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  14. Ok that's it. Telling the hubster we need to do this walk. Fabulous Karen

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    1. We'll be back to do it again especially when there are a few flowers out later on.

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  15. It is incredible to think about the lives lived among the walls of these ancient buildings. I imaging the atmosphere there is almost tangible.

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    1. It was a very quiet dreamy place when we went but in its heyday there would have been a lot of people and animals rushing around. So different.

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