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Oakham Castle and its 500-year collection of horseshoes

Another of the places I have wanted to see for such a long time – the room full of horseshoes at Oakham Castle, collected over 500 years.

According to custom, whenever a peer of the realm visits Oakham for the first time, they must present a horseshoe to the lord of the manor of Oakham. The oldest surviving horseshoe was given to the Castle by Edward IV in 1470 – and although mostly from England, I did find a couple of Scottish horseshoes.

I also particularly liked the 12th century carved musicians at the tops of the columns – even though they have lost their heads…  oh dear…  🙂

…and while it might not look like it, this is Oakham Castle!

…and such a pretty little village…

~ Bella

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