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Normanton Church

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.

Normanton Church

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.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 May 2013, 02:35
Just the place for watching the weekend sail-boat races, Brian.
nice architecture
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2013, 07:05
I can remember the outcry when the reservoir was proposed. I'm so pleased that it was saved; it is a very attractive building, although I've only ever seen it in photos.
Brian Walbey: We've only finally got there after 20+ years of being up this way, it is a fine building and great that it is not under water.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 May 2013, 07:44
A fascinating image & story Brian
When I first came to Leicester, back in 1968, there were huge battles against the proposed plans to create Rutland water, especially with the for-casted drowning of village and homes and farmland. The result is now a perfect example of a very successful project ... This image, being just a tiny nugget.

A very good posting Brian.
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more Richard, it has taken years for us to get round to going to the church.
A fine building thankfully saved by the outcry.
Lovely capture Brian.
We have a similar story in Champagne at the "Lac du Der" where a church was demolished and rebuilt in 1974. Please see the following link:
http://photos.linternaute.com/p-eglise-de-champaubert-au-bord-du-lac-du-der-1613114
Brian Walbey: Not only a similar story Richard but they are somewhat similar churches in outline, thanks for the interesting link.
Good portrayal, Brian. Composition can be difficult here.
Brian Walbey: There isn't much opportunity of different than standard viewpoints is there.
Wonderful image with the sailboat out there. Interesting info- so glad the people spoke and won! Have a safe and enjoyable trip!
Brian Walbey: We had a lovely trip Elizabeth as you will see when I've worked my way through 700+ images!! It was worth going back after 53 years for me, and Maureen really enjoyed her first ever visit to the Lakes.
Interesting info to accompany your photo. It stands out so nicely on the water's edge.
There is a surreal feeling here Brian...of it going underwater...Too bad I did not see it when I was in Rutland Reservoir fot the Birdfair...
Brian Walbey: Rather strange but a good way of keeping the church isn't it. The church is situated on the very far side of the shoreline from where all the main activities such as the Bird Fair take place.
What an interesting structure and treatment.

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