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At Oakham
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The Buttercross - a medieval market cross. The structure was built using wooden pegs; there are no metal fixings holding it together.

Oakham



Oakham

Oakham

Oakham

Oakham Castle

The inner bailey, showing the remains of the walls and the medieval keep.
Oakham Castle

The medieval great hall, built in 1180 and all that is left of the buildings in Oakham Castle
Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle

Oakham Great Hall

There is a tradition that peers of the realm must forfeit a horseshoe on their first visit to Oakham.
The Horseshoes

The Horseshoes

And Time Team, of course. The programme excavated the castle grounds in 2012

Time Team Horseshoe

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Woo, interesting. Imagining the size of the horses if the ceremonial shoes shown were actually meant to be worn by one... :)

Any idea what sort of wood was used to build the market cross? Impressive (ok, granted I live in Los Angeles where things seem to change about every time you walk down the street...)

The buttercross is made of oak, with stone shingles for the roof.

Immediately above the blue seat is a dark blue plaque with a normal-sized horseshoe. That one was presented by Her Majesty. Liz is not one for ostentatious displays.

I'll give them one for sturdy materials!

Good for Her Majesty. Not like *she* has anything to prove. :)

That Buttercross is most impressive; to have lasted all this time with only wood fixings holding the structure together. The skills of the carpenters is astounding.

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