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Description: Oakham Castle
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 186494
OS Grid Reference: SK8614708895
OS Grid Coordinates: 486147, 308895
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6709, -0.7274
SK 8608 6/2 8.5.50.
Rectangular ward enclosed by high bank containing fine arcaded Hall in
transitional style, probably built by Walkelin de Ferrers circa 1180-90.
Stone used is fine-grained shelly oolite from Clipsham. Stone slate roof,
3 later dormers 65 ft by 44 ft. The hall is divided by 3 shafts on either
side into 4 bays, 8 paired windows under pointed arch, stone band continues
cills. Round-headed doorway now in centre formerly at East End. At East
gable end 3 blocked doorways, simple continuous moulding. Circular piers
and crocketed capitals like those in the chancel at Canterbury. Carved
figures of musicians in spandrels. Romanesque carved wall corbels. Earliest
part of roof 2 red oak beams put in by George Villies, Duke of Buckingham.
Formerly used as the Assize Court and now as the Magistrates Court. It
contains court room furniture of late C18 or early C19 date and also collection
of ornamental horseshoes left by each peer on first visiting the town as
payment of tax to the Lord of the Manor. Modern additions built on to
west. Scheduled AM.
Listing NGR: SK8614708895
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Source: English Heritage
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