Rutland is England's smallest county and perhaps best known for Rutland Water, one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe which was completed in 1975. Essentially a drinking water reservoir it is also a very popular recreational area.
Normanton church was built in 1826, Prior to the creation of Rutland Water when the village of Hambleton was submerged, the floor level of the church was raised and the masonry was proofed against damp. A bank and causeway were also constructed and thus access was maintained and this iconic church was preserved in the waters of the new reservoir.
OAKHAM is the charming county town of Rutland.
A weekly market is held around the old Butter Cross which contains the old town stocks and is a Grade 1 listed building/
Apart from earthworks, only the Great Hall of the Norman Castle remains. It dates from c.1180-90 and is a Grade 1 listed building. The Hall, which was in use as an Assize Court until 1970, is also notable for its horseshoe tradition.
A unique custom enforced for some 500 years meant that royalty and peers of the realm who visited or passed through the town had to pay a forfeit in the form of a horseshoe. Some 200 of these commemorative shoes are displayed on the inner walls and the earliest one is an outsize example from 1470 when King Edward 1V visited the town. The horseshoes are hang upside down which whilst generally thought to be unlucky was though to prevent the Devil from sitting in the hollow. One of the more recent one's dates to 2003 when The Prince of Wales visited the town.