An impressive late twelfth century Great Hall, albeit heavily modified in later years, along with earthworks of the medieval manorial castle. The remains include a much reduced motte whilst the hall has an extensive display of horseshoes gifted by Kings, princes and other magnates over the years.
Notes: Found in central Oakham. There is a large pay and display car park in the immediate vicinity.
Horseshoes. Tradition has it that any visiting magnate presents a horseshoe as a gift. It is uncertain why this tradition emerged although the most likely explanation is Oakham was regularly used to accommodate important travellers and a horseshoe was removed to prevent them departing without paying.
Motte. The Norman motte has been much reduced and in the thirteenth century was simply incorporated into the curtain wall.
Replacing an early Norman motte-and-bailey fortification, Oakham Castle was built by Walkelin de Ferrières in the late twelfth century. Confiscated by King John , the castle passed through various owners including Richard, Earl of Cornwall and Lord Thomas Cromwell.
HISTORY OF OAKHAM CASTLE
Oakham was an existing Anglo-Saxon settlement prior to the Norman invasion and was originally owned by Queen Edith, widow of Edward the Confessor. It