Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

OAKHAM CASTLE


OAKHAM CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

The first fortification was a motte and bailey castle surrounded by a 30 feet wide ditch that was started in c.1075 and may have been built on an earlier Saxon burgh. The earth banks around the bailey are all that is left of the 13th century stone curtain wall apart from a section above the Burley Road car park. The curtain wall originally had a least two D-shaped towers. The Great Hall dates from 1180 and it was used as a courtroom until 1970. It has survived so well as it was fully restored in the 17th century when the whole site had fallen into ruins.

Excavation of the site featuted on Time Team in 2012 - Series 20, Episode 7.

Open to the public apart from Tuesdays but occasionally weddings are held there.


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Photo Charles Taylor Cutts Close outer bailey photo Charles Taylor 13th century gateway photo Charles Taylor Interior of Hall photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
On the A606, west of Stamford
Market Place, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DR

 



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