All Saints' Church, Oakham
|All Saints' Church, Oakham|
|Denomination||Church of England|
The spire of Oakham parish church dominates distant views of the town for several miles in all directions. The impressive tower and spire, built during the 14th century in the "Decorated Gothic" style, are slightly earlier in date than most of the rest of the exterior of the building, which (apart from some Victorian restoration) is in the "Perpendicular Gothic" style. Oddly, the south doorway and its porch seem to be the oldest parts of the church, the doorway probably dating from the early 13th century with the porch having been added later that century.
In the light, spacious interior there is more evidence of the mature Decorated style of the 14th century. The tall, slender columns of the nave have intricately carved capitals showing animals, birds, figures, foliage and scenes from the Bible including Adam and Eve, the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, the Annunciation and the Coronation of the Virgin Mary. There is also a fine Green Man.
Oakham Parish Church is in a team ministry with:
- St. Andrew's Church, Hambleton
- St. Edmund's Church, Egleton
- All Saints' Church, Braunston
- St. Peter's Church, Brooke
- St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Langham
- St. Andrew's Church, Whissendine
- Holy Trinity Church, Teigh
- Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ashwell
- St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Market Overton
An organ by Brindley & Foster was installed in 1872 in the Lady Chapel. It was enlarged in 1896. In 1937, Roger Yates improved and electrified it, and moved it to the north west corner of the Church, with the console in the Trinity Chapel. This organ was removed in 1994.
The new two manual pipe organ dates from 1996 and is by the builder Kenneth Tickell and Company. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.
- Mr. Gadsby 1872 -
- Henry Nicholson 1877 - 1922
- Russell Arthur Missin 1950 - 1956 (later organist of Newcastle Cathedral).
- Derek Thomas 1958-?
- Ivan Linford 1996-1999
- Kevin Slingsby 2005 - current
- "Church of All Saints". Images of England. Retrieved 2006-10-01.
- A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2 (1935), pp. 5-27
- Grantham Journal - Saturday 6 April 1872
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