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Local Photography: Stamford and Rutland By Night…

Take another look at the area’s most photographed scenes at twilight and you’ll see our otherwise most familiar landmarks in a whole different light. We cast our photographer, Dean Fisher into the night with a camera, tripod – and flask of strong coffee – to conduct a nocturnal study of the area…

Images: Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.
Oakham Castle’s gateway was rebuilt in the 17th century by George Villiers, who was Lord of the Manor of Oakham at the time. The gates are a later addition, added in the Victorian era.
Oakham Castle with All Saints Church in the background.
Light trails indicate the volume of traffic on the A1 at Stamford even at night. The A1 is located roughly on the site of the Roman Great North Road. It’s 410 miles long in total, 73 miles from Cambridgeshire to Nottinghamshire.
Being a photographer for this magazine necessitates being somewhat hardy. Neither rain nor thunder and lightning deters us from capturing images like Normanton Church in an epic thunderstorm in late August.
The George of Stamford’s presence is still acknowledged by a sign over High Street St Martin’s, which takes the form of gallows. At the peak of its coaching inn role, in the C18th, the hotel would see over 40 coaches as day pass through the town. It’s thought that the presence of gallows would deter would-be highwaymen like Dick Turpin, and Tom King, who menaced travellers and declared ‘your money or your life!’ At that time, travelling from York to London took no fewer than four days. The fare was 25 shillings, and travellers were permitted 14.5lbs of baggage!