About Oakham

About OakhamWe at DiscoverOakham.org are dedicated to promoting Oakham and greater Rutland area. The market town of Oakham is the main town in the UK’s smallest county. Oakham retains much of its historical feel, with its original buildings, cobble streets, and the world-famous Oakham Castle, it’s the the perfect place to spend some time getting to know England’s smallest county.


In 1887 Oakham was described in John Bartholomew’s Gazetteer of the British Isles as:

“Oakham, market town, par., and county town of Rutland, 13½ miles W. of Stamford and 96 miles from London by rail – par., 3130 ac., pop. 3227; town (comprising the townships of Oakham Deanshold and Oakham Lordshold), pop. 3204; P.O., T.O. Market-days, Thursday and Saturday. Oakham is situated in the fine vale of Catmose, and is a healthy and well kept town. Its trade is chiefly in coal, corn, and malt; while there are considerable mfrs. of boots and shoes, and fancy hosiery. Brewing is also carried on. Oakham is the assize town of Rutland.”

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