Oakham is the historic County Town of Rutland. It
is centred around a castle, church and public school. This
friendly market town has much to offer. It has a host of
individual character shops on or around High Street and Mill
Street selling designer clothing, handmade jewellery classic
furniture and much more. Oakham has a wide choice of places to eat
and drink, ranging from coffee shops and 'take-aways' to
sophisticated restaurants and its renowned Grainstore Brewery.
There are two major supermarkets one in the town and another on
the outskirts towards Burley. Oakham Market place changes from a
car park to a genuine market each Wednesday and Saturday with
additional Farmer's Market stalls in Gaol Street every third
Saturday in the month.
It is well worth taking a leisurely walk around
Oakham, perhaps following the published Oakham Heritage Trail.
Places of interest include: All Saints Church, Oakham Castle,
Hudson's Cottage, Dean Street, Flore's House, Oakham School, The
Market Place, Butter Cross and Pump, Cutt's Close, Rutland County
Museum and Visitor's Centre, Rutland County Library & Oakham
is also famous for its horseshoes. It has been the custom for over
500 years for visiting royalty to pay the Town a forfeit of a
horseshoe. Oakham Castle contains a fine collection of these
decorative horseshoes. They all hang upside-down as it is believed
in Rutland that this will stop the Devil from sitting in the
middle. The upside-down horseshoe motif has been widely adopted in
Rutland, and is now synonymous with the county.
Link to more Oakham Images
As can be seen from the photo below Oakham still
retains many wonderful features from bygone years.