diham Castle is sited on a bend of the river Whitewater in Hampshire. This castle was build by King John at a cost of £1200. The octagonal keep was rare for the time. The castle was granted to Simon de Montfort by Henry III and was the prison for the Scottish king David II from 1346.

Odiham Castle Key Facts
CountyHampshire (5 castles)
OwnershipRoyal castle
A castle built by King John.
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteAt any reasonable time
TimeRef Rating

1207 - 1212 Odiham Castle built
 At a cost of £1200, King John built the castle of Odiham. 
1243 Spring  Simon de Montfort gets custody of Kenilworth castle
 Henry III bestowed the custody of Kenilworth castle to Simon de Montfort. Simon's wife Eleanor (Henry's sister) already owned Odiham Castle so Simon had two of the strongest fortresses in England under his control.[1] 
1258 Jun  Odiham and Kenilworth handed over to the King
 As an act of faith, Simon de Montfort handed over his castles at Odiham and Kenilworth as part of the proposals put forward in the Provisions of Oxford.

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