Oakham is a most attractive old place, preserving its ancient stocks under the buttercross in the cobbled market square. There has been a castle here since before the Conquest, but all that now remains is the 12th-century aisled hall, where there is a unique collection of horseshoes, dating perhaps from the 11th century when William I’s farrier lived here, collecting a horseshoe from every noble or royal person who passed through the town. One Oakham resident was the dwarf Jeffery Hudson, who was presented in a pie to Charles II. Rutland County Museum used to be housed in the old 16th-century schoolroom of Oakham Grammar School, but is now in a former indoor riding school. The school was founded by Robert Johnson who also founded the public school six miles south at Uppingham. Rutland Farm Park on Uppingham Road in Oakham is a working farm with many rare breeds of animals. One of Britain’s largest manmade lakes, Rutland Water, lies between Oakham and Stamford, a local beauty spot.