Oakham is the county town of Rutland, England’s smallest county. At its longest length it measures just 18 miles.
It has two towns, Oakham and Uppingham, and we found Oakham by accident while on the hunt for churches one day. We returned for a visit on Saturday.
It’s small but it has a castle (see yesterday’s post) and a lovely church and some other interesting features.
I loved this relief wall mural on the side of a particularly uninspiring piece of modern architecture.
We found Gaol Street, presumably once the location of the town gaol, and noticed a lot of the road signs had once been painted on to the sides of the buildings. I liked this, if anyone from Rutland is reading this, you need to start a campaign to have these refurbished :)
I love this sun dial built into the side of the wall of a shop on the corner of Market Street and Leicester Road. I used a little artistic licence to remove the top of the nasty modern road sign at the bottom right of the building.
The sundial says time flies … it certainly does.
For somewhere so small, it’s got some lovely surviving medieval buildings and it’s a pretty place to have a stroll round. It’s a tiny place so it doesn’t take long to explore.