Oakham Castle Castles
Catmos Street, Rutland
The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England. It was built by Walkelin de Ferrers, a Norman baron, in about 1180-90.
The castle was the residence of the lord of the manor of Oakham. Sometimes the king held the manor himself and visited the castle. By the early 16th century many of the buildings were ruinous.
Over 200 horseshoes hang on the walls of the castle. These represent the unique custom that every peer of the realm, on his first visit to Oakham, must forfeit a horseshoe to the lord of the manor. The custom has been followed for at least 500 years, and it probably originated soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Oakham Castle is open:
Monday to Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
AddressCatmos Street, Rutland, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW
Opening times10.30am - 5pm
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