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  • In Rutland

    In Rutland

    LYDDINGTON BEDE HOUSE (English Heritage): This is, in my opinion, Rutland’s greatest building and deserves to be better known, though the villagers of Lyddington might not welcome tourists by the coachload. I will review it in detail elsewhere but briefly: one part of a (mostly lost) medieval Bishop’s palace, the amazing upper rooms showcase ancient oak beams and intricate carving. Taken from the Church by Henry VIII and given to Lord Burghley, who turned it... Continue reading

     
  • in & around Uppingham

    in & around Uppingham

    UPPINGHAM MARKET PLACE: The heart of Uppingham is lined with 18th and 19th century facades, though older buildings like behind some of them. In the centre is the drinking fountain erected for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887: sadly it is no longer connected to water. The Falcon Hotel was, as you can see by the stonework around the main entrance, a coaching inn. Nortons Ironmongers (where you can buy almost anything, including a single sheet... Continue reading

     
  • in & around Oakham

    in & around Oakham

    OAKHAM CASTLE (Rutland County Council) NOTE: Currently not accessible while conservation and archaeological work is carried out to the building and grounds. Should re-open in March 2016. Oakham Castle disappoints many people looking for castellated towers, ramparts and a moat. It is not that sort of castle. It is instead the 12th century Great Hall which is all that remains of Oakham’s original manor. Apart from its age (c1180) and design (a wonderfully complete Norman... Continue reading