Rutland Water Project - 4
Researching Rutland Registered Charity No 700273
Rutland Local History & Record Society Audio - In the crypt Audio - In the crypt
St Matthews Church, the private chapel to the Normanton Estate, was lucky to have escaped being demolished as it was below the high water line of the proposed reservoir. It was deconsecrated in 1970 and a Trust was formed to try and ensure its preservation. Externally, a bank was to be built to give protection from the water, and a causeway was to be laid to provide access. It is now a Water Museum and it is a dominant feature in the landscape at Rutland Water. Normanton Church as a building was saved, but inevitably other buildings were lost, including a number of farms and one entire village.
Normanton Church 1912
Normanton Church today
Normanton Church today