Time Team Dig at Oakham Castle, Rutland
After hearing reports that Tony Robinson and the Channel 4 television programme Time Team were in Oakham and had enjoyed a break at The Hornblower, I was lucky enough to stumble upon them at Oakham Castle.
This is what a notice outside the castle gates said about the dig
"Oakham Castle in Rutland is the best preserved example of a 12th century hall in Britain. Oakham was once the site of a royal Saxon town or 'burh' held by Edward the Confessor. Following the death of Edward's wife Edith in 1075 the site was seized by the Crown. It wasn't until 1180 that the then owner of the site, Wlkelin de Ferrers, replaced the Saxon site with an extensive high-staus complex.
The castle site is divided into two districts - the inner bailey or ward; consisting of the hall, the surrounding earthworks, the remains of a motte, two towers and an earth and stone built wall and the outer bailey; consisting of fishponds and earthwork remains.
The primary task facing the Time Team will be to characterise the 12th century remains within the inner ward. In addition we will be attempting to discover evidence for the Anglo Saxon royal burh."
I wasn't allowed into the castle grounds, so joined the crowd that had formed at the gates and was rewarded by a lovely 'smile to camera shot' - thank you Mr Robinson.