All Saints' Church, Oakham

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Coordinates: 52°40′16″N 00°43′43″W / 52.67111°N 0.72861°W / 52.67111; -0.72861

All Saints' Church, Oakham
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DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church / Central
DedicationAll Saints
ArchdeaconryArchdeaconry of Oakham
DioceseDiocese of Peterborough
ProvinceProvince of Canterbury
Vicar(s)Revd Stephen Griffiths

All Saints' Church, Oakham is a parish church in the Church of England in Oakham, Rutland.


Early 14th century stonecarving of the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

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[citation needed] 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[citation needed] 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.

It is a grade I listed building.[1] It was restored in 1857 to 1858 by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Parish status[edit]

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


During the church restoration in 1858 the first stage of the tower was fitted with a new ringing floor and the bells were rehung in a new oak frame. Two bells were re-cast by Mears of London.[2]

There is a ring of eight bells cast by Gillett & Johnston in 1910, and a priest's bell of 1840.[3]

On 9 December 1923 the tenor bell broke loose from the headstock but fortunately was captured in the bell frame and did not penetrate into the ringing room.[4] The bell frame was still in a poor condition in 1937 which prevented it being used to ring for the Coronation of King George VI.[5]


Organ by Kenneth Tickell from 1996

An organ by Brindley & Foster was installed in 1872[6] in the Lady Chapel at a cost of £750 (equivalent to £67,458 in 2019).[7] 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
  • John Barham Johnson 1923 - 1925
  • George Newell 1925 - 1927
  • George F. Austin 1927[8]
  • A.H. Allsop 1927 - 1930[9]
  • Victor Brook 1930[10] - 1932
  • John Dalby 1932 - 1936[11]
  • Stanley Nolan 1939[12] - ????
  • Russell Arthur Missin 1950 - 1956 (later organist of Newcastle Cathedral).
  • Derek Thomas 1958-1984
  • Ivan Linford 1996-1999
  • Kevin Slingsby 2005 - current



  1. ^ "Church of All Saints". Retrieved 1 October 2006.
  2. ^ "Restoration and Re-opening of Oakham Church". Leicester Journal. England. 12 November 1858. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2 (1935), pp. 5-27
  4. ^ "Remarkable Mishap at All Saints' Church Oakham". Grantham Journal. England. 15 December 1923. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Oakham Bells to Remain Silent". Grantham Journal. England. 1 May 1937. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ Grantham Journal - Saturday 6 April 1872
  7. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Appointment of Organist of Parish Church". Grantham Journal. England. 29 January 1927. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "New Appointment for Oakham Church". Grantham Journal. England. 11 January 1930. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Oakham". Grantham Journal. England. 10 May 1930. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Oakham Organist Leaving". Grantham Journal. England. 22 February 1936. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "From Beeston to Oakham". Nottingham Evening Post. England. 7 June 1939. Retrieved 20 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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