Normanton, Rutland

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St Matthew's Church, now de-consecrated
Grid reference: SK933060
Location: 52°38’38"N, 0°37’19"W
Population: 26  (2001[1])
Post town: Oakham
Dialling code: 01572
Local Government
Rutland and Melton

Normanton is a village and civil parish on the eastern shore of Rutland Water in the county of Rutland. The population remained less than 100 at the 2011 census and was included in the civil parish of Edith Weston.

Normanton and St Matthew's Church viewed from Hambleton Peninsula.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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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  1. "Rutland Civil Parish Populations". Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  2. National Heritage List 1177773: Normanton, Rutland Church of St Matthew, Normanton
  3. "The Heritage of Rutland Water". Rutland Local History & Record Society. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
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