Working with our friends at PLB Consulting we designed, built and installed a number of outdoor interpretation frames fitted with our HDC Endura dHPL graphic panels in and around Oakham castle. The interpretation project was part of a much larger restoration project funded by £2.165 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Oakham Castle, in Rutland in the UK, was constructed between 1180 and 1190 for Walchelin de Ferriers, Lord of the Manor of Oakham. The Castle is known for its collection of massive horseshoes and is also recognised as one of the best examples of domestic Norman architecture in England.
Due to its small size, Oakham Castle does not represent the traditional image of a castle. However, what is now called Oakham Castle was originally the Great Hall of a much larger fortified manor house. This had many of the traditional features of a castle such as a curtain wall, a gatehouse and a drawbridge with iron chains. There is also historical and archaeological evidence to suggest that Oakham Castle possessed towers at strategic points along the walls as well as a moat.
Oakham Castle is the longest-running seat of justice in England; the first record of an assize is in 1229 and a crown court is held in the castle every two years.
You can find out more about Oakham Castle here: http://www.rutland.gov.uk/oakham_castle.aspx