St Matthew's Church, now de-consecrated
Normanton shown within Rutland
|Area||1.125 sq mi (2.91 km2) |
|Population||26 2001 Census|
|- Density||23 /sq mi (8.9 /km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||82 miles (132 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Rutland and Melton|
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.
Media related to Normanton, Rutland at Wikimedia Commons
- Rutland Website – Normanton
- 'Normanton church opens for weddings' photo gallery from BBC Radio Leicester
- "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- "Rutland Civil Parish Populations". Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (187010)". Images of England. Church of St Matthew, Normanton
- "THe Heritage of Rutland Water". Rutland Local History & Record Society. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
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