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Odiham is a small market town featuring a classic Georgian High Street and within which stands the remains of a 12th Century Castle. The picturesque market town of Odiham and adjoining North Warnborough, with its 4,700 inhabitants lies midway between Fleet and Basingstoke and is one mile South of Motorway M3 junction 5. The nearest train station, Hook, is two miles away; Winchfield railway station is three miles away.
Historic OdihamThe location of the Warnborough and Odiham Royal borough, half way along the old Saxon routes between the ancient capital Winchester and prized Windsor, was an ideal stopping point where Saxon Kings maintained lodgings.
King John’s castle was constructed in 20 acres of meadowland. The castle was built by King John in 1214 and during the 14th century played a role in several significant events, including a sitting of Parliament, and the imprisonment of King David II of Scotland in the castle for eleven years.
In 2015 we celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, the birth of modern democracy, as events take place in Odiham and North Warnborough, celebrating the role this location played.
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
By the fifteenth century King Kohn’s Castle was used just as a hunting lodge. By 1605 the castle was in ruins as it remains today, standing by the Basingstoke Canal. The castle ruins are a unique conservation area and site of special scientific interest.
Also of historical interest is ‘The Pest House’, one of only five remaining examples of ‘isolation hospitals’ built around 1622 to house plague sufferers, restored in 1981 by the Odiham Society to form a mini heritage centre. Odiham could be seen as the birth of the veterinary profession in Britain. In 1783 a group drawn from ‘Gentlemen of Rank, fortune and Ingenuity’ plus some ‘intelligent farmers’ met in The George Inn to form a society to promote agriculture in the area, the society pledged to reform animal care by establishing a veterinary school, leading to the foundation of the Royal Veterinary Society.
Modern OdihamThe property in the town is dominated by Georgian architecture and older cottages and there are some modern homes too. The pretty high street boasts listed buildings, independent boutiques, jewellers and antiques shops, contemporary cafes, traditional tea rooms, friendly restaurants and bars to enjoy.
Amenities of Odiham include a pharmacy, barbers, hairdressers and beauty salon, convenience store, newsagent, florist, pharmacy, optician and dentist.
The village provides for education up to 16 with Puddleducks Montessori Nursery, Odiham Pre-School, Buryfields Infant School, Mayhill Junior School and Robert May’s Secondary School; which has been awarded “Grade 1 Outstanding” by OFSTED.
Odiham is home to RAF Odiham, a front line support helicopter base. The airfield initially opened in 1925 as a Summer Camp for Army Co-operation aircraft. In the early 1930’s Odiham became a permanent airfield now home to rapid response Chinooks.
For further information about Odiham and the surrounding area, or to enquire about property for sale or to rent in Odiham please contact the local office:
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