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Some Churches in Leicestershire & Rutland

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All Saints, Oakham

Photo of exterior of All Saints, Oakham

Oakham is the picturesque county town of the picturesque county of Rutland. Nearby is Rutland Water, a huge reservoir created in the 1970s and now popular for birdwatching, water sports, cycling etc. All Saints is quite a large church set a few yards from Oakham Castle and the town centre. If you are in the area you should definitley visit the castle and its collection of horseshoes as well.

The church has a 14th century tower of five stages and a 'needle' spire which is 162 feet high. Although the oldest part of the church dates from around 1190, other parts were added in the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries, with a Victorian restoration in the 1850s.

Photo of interior of All Saints, Oakham

All Saints has north and south aisles, transepts and chapels. The south chapel is on the right in the photo. Separating the chapels and chancel is plenty of good Victorian screenary.

Photo of interior of All Saints, Oakham

Possibly the most eye-catching interior features are the capitals of the nave arcades. These depict figures, foliage and biblical scenes such as the expulsion from Eden shown in the photo.

There are also grotesque figures, various animals, angels, and scenes showing the Annunciation and the Coronation of the Virgin. The photo below is of a green man.

Photo of interior of All Saints, Oakham

 

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