In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Oakham like this:
Oakham, market town, par., and county town of Rutland, 13½ miles W. of Stamford and 96 miles from London by rail - par., 3130 ac., pop. 3227; town (comprising the townships of Oakham Deanshold and Oakham Lordshold), pop. 3204; P.O., T.O. Market-days, Thursday and Saturday. Oakham is situated in the fine vale of Catmose, and is a healthy and well kept town. Its trade is chiefly in coal, corn, and malt; while there are considerable mfrs. of boots and shoes, and fancy hosiery. Brewing is also carried on. Oakham is the assize town of Rutland.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Oakham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Rutland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Oakham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oakham in Rutland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 03rd September 2014
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