Odiham, the picturesque market town in Hampshire, is of great historical significance. The parish of Odiham and North Warnborough provided the stage for the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, a document now heralded as the foundation of democracies around the world.

King John Castle Odiham2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and presents the ideal opportunity to understand and appreciate our local history and how the ideas set out in the 13th Century have played a crucial role in the development of human rights and democracy which has significance to our modern day lives.

The roles of King John, King John’s castle on the River Whitewater, Eleanor and Simon De Montfort and democratically elected Montfort parliament make this an in interesting piece of history for people of all ages. The new Charles Church Development in Odiham takes Simon De Montfort as its namesake.

The Odiham Society looks to protect the heritage of Odiham and to enhance awareness of both the local community and the wider public. During 2015 there are many events planned to celebrate the 800 year anniversary including walks, talks, an archaeological dig and medieval markets and festivals. Find out more on the new Odiham Magna Carta Website

Find out more about Eleanor and Simon De Montfort, Parliament Week and the premier of the Magna Carta Anthem at the Odiham Society’s event on Friday 21st November at All Saints Church in Odiham. Doors open at 6 and tickets are available for £5 from the dress agency charity clothes shop on Odiham high street.

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