Book on Oakham Castle and its history published after new interest

Photo: SM240712-019ow'Oakham Castle. ENGEMN00120120724163501
Photo: SM240712-019ow'Oakham Castle. ENGEMN00120120724163501
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A new book on Oakham Castle has been published by the Rutland Local History and Record Society.

The book is entitled John Barber’s Oakham Castle and its archaeology and has been compiled and edited by Elaine Jones and Robert Ovens.

Oakham Castle will soon be undergoing refurbishment following the award of a £2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the 1950s, John Barber carried out excavations adjacent to the Great Hall of Oakham Castle with the assistance of boys from Oakham School, where he was a master.

Circumstances conspired against his being able to produce a detailed excavation report at the time, but he subsequently wrote extensive notes about the Great Hall and the castle site. Now, since there is renewed interest in the history and archaeology of the Castle, the Rutland Local History and Record Society has decided to publish these notes in its Occasional Publications series.

The Friends of the Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle have supported the publication with a grant which has made it possible to print in full colour.

Tim Clough, the society’s honorary editor, said: “John Barber’s knowledge of Oakham Castle and his enthusiasm for everything to do with the history and archaeology of Rutland never failed to inspire when as Curator of the Rutland County Museum and the castle I had the responsibility of looking after this wonderful building.”

Copies of the new publication can be obtained at the Rutland County Museum for £8 (plus £1.50 p&p), via local bookshops,or online via