Hampshire Cultural Trust

Odiham Castle Catapult Ammunition

  • Archaeological excavations at Odiham Castle unearthed about fifty of these imposing missiles. They are stone catapult or 'trebuchet' ammunition and can be roughly classified into the three sizes shown, the middle one being nearest in diameter to a modern football. They appear to date from the 1320s, when the castle is known to have been attacked by Robert le Ewer, onetime Constable, who had fallen out with the King. The garrison saw off le Ewer, and celebrated by drinking a cask and a half of the Castle's wine stock from the cellar!

  • Odiham Castle ammunition