St Matthew's Church is a grade II listed building, built in classical style. The building was once the private chapel for the Normanton Estate in Rutland, but it was de-consecrated in 1970, and was to have been demolished as part of the Rutland Reservoir construction, as its floor was below the proposed water level. Following a public outcry, the lower half was filled with stone and rubble, and a concrete cap constructed just below the level of the windows. An embankment was built around the church leaving it a prominent feature on the water's edge. The structure now houses a museum recording the history of Rutland Water. The Lake District beckons us for a few days, I will catch up with any comments and your postings upon our return.
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