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In the Great Hall of Oakham Castle

In the Great Hall of Oakham Castle 

Only the great hall of the Norman castle is still standing, and is surrounded by steep earthworks marking the inner bailey. The hall dates from c. 1180—90 and according to Nikolaus Pevsner (in his "The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland.
It is the earliest hall of any English castle surviving so completely, and it is doubly interesting in that it belonged not to a castle strictly speaking, but rather to a fortified manor house.
The building is attractively ornamented with Romanesque architectural details, including six carvings of musicians. It is a grade I listed building.

The hall was in use as an Assize court until 1970 and is still occasionally used as a Coroner's court or Crown Court. It is also licensed for weddings.

A Castle class corvette named HMS Oakham Castle was launched in July 1944.

The castle contains over 200 horseshoes, given as gifts to the Lord of the Manor; by peers of the realm, and Royalty, as they pass through Oakham.

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╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
******Thank you for your visits, much appreciated.******

******* **Merci de vos visites, très apprécié********
18 months ago.
PGARCIA
PGARCIA
Excelente imagen y descripción.*** Buen día.
18 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
Unique !
Thank you June.
18 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome historical capture!
18 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Truly a great survivor and nice to see it still in use.
18 months ago.
Danielle
Danielle
Grandiose...
18 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Thank you for sharing the history of this place, June!
18 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful details.
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