Oakham is the
county town of Rutland, England. It lies 17.4 miles (28.0 km) east
from Leicester, and has a total resident population of 9,975. It is
has a variety of shops and a museum.
Oakham, which has civil parish status, lies to the west of Rutland
Water, one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe. It is in the
Vale of Catmose and the town itself is built on an incline, and
varies from 99m above sea level (Ladywell area) to 122m above sea
level (Brooke School area). It is twinned with Barmstedt, Germany,
and Dodgeville, Wisconsin, U.S.A..
Tourist attractions in Oakham include All Saints Church and Oakham
Castle. Another popular and historic feature is the open-air market
held in the town's market square every Wednesday and Saturday (near
the ancient octagonal Buttercross with its pyramidal roof and wooden
stocks, a grade I listed building).