Normanton is a village and civil parish on the eastern shore of Rutland Water in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England.
Normanton Hall was a seat of the Earls of Ancaster and an important centre of their estates. The stable block of their hall is now Normanton Park hotel. In the 18th century the village was cleared to make a park for the estate of the Heathcote family with the population mainly re-housed in Empingham.
In the 1970s much of the parish was flooded by the construction of the Rutland Water reservoir.
St Matthew's Church is a grade II listed building, built in classical style. The tower and the western portico were built by Thomas Cundy Jr between 1826 and 1829, based on the design of St John's, Smith Square in Westminster, while the nave and apse were constructed in 1911, by J. B. Gridley of London. The building was once the private chapel for the Normanton Estate, but it was de-consecrated in 1970, and was to have been demolished as part of the 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 formerly housed a museum recording the history of Rutland Water, which is now located in the visitor centre. The structure is now used as a venue for civil weddings and concerts.
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snunney (94813) 2014-03-10 7:01
This is a most unusual and interesting little church and you have captured it beautifully under a fine winter light. The golden stonework sits nicely against the clear blue sky. Thanks for sharing, Sorry, but I have run out of smilies for today.
williewhistler (16193) 2014-03-10 9:14
you have taken full advantage of a lovely light,the interesting architectural features are really well displayed in a nicely balanced composition.
Best regards Les.
tyro (23590) 2014-03-11 14:41
This is a delightful photograph and it deserves a lot more attention than it has so far received. Your note is also very interesting and informative, making this a perfect upload for TE.
The bright winter sunlight (quite possibly your first this year!) "lifts" this very interesting building beautifully above its darker surroundings, making it stand out like a jewel against the dark water and the dark trees and sky. And a most interesting building it is too - and those people we see before it and on the right add human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Royaldevon (36087) 2014-03-13 13:11
I have enjoyed finding out about the history of this building whilst, also, enjoying its location visually. You have captured the elegant details very effectively and included lots of people, a reminder that it is a popular location for people to enjoy. The deep blue water makes a strong contrast with the light colours of the stonework.
I am pleased that the opinions of the locals were important and the building was saved for future generations to enjoy.
My warm regards,
- Copyright: marion morgan (jester5) (2024)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2014-03-06
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-10 6:10