Normanton Church is an iconic landmark in Rutland and an ideal location for weddings on the water. Its interesting history, exquisite architecture and picturesque views make it an unforgettable venue for a wedding ceremony.
A Brief History
The medieval St Matthews Church was built for the Earl of Ancaster on the foundations of a building dating back to the 14th century. It was later rebuilt in a classical style in the 18th century when the Heathcote Baronets created their estate in Rutland and used the parish church as their private chapel. In 1920 the aristocrat family relocated and the church was abandoned until Rutland Water was created in the 1970s.
Due to the growing population in the area, the need for a water reservoir became obvious. The Gwash Valley in Rutland was chosen as the most suitable location for a new reservoir in the Midlands. The locals protested against the church being demolished and it was decided that it would only be partially submerged underwater.
The lower level of the deconsecrated church was filled with rubble and concrete and a new floor was created. A causeway and an embankment were created to make the building accessible from the shore of Rutland Water. The outcome was one of the most iconic churches in the UK, seemingly floating above the waterline.
The impressive classical church we see today is the result of numerous changes over the decades. The medieval tower was replaced in 1826 with a Corinthian style one and a portico was also added. The nave and chancel were replaced during renovations in 1964. All the alterations and enhancements have transformed Normanton Church into a unique sanctuary and one of the best-hidden attractions in the UK.
Enchanting weddings on the water
The church now serves as a beautiful and unique wedding venue in Rutland. The dramatic classical features of the building in combination with the stunning views of Rutland Water make for a memorable wedding setting.
Although deconsecrated and only hosting civil ceremonies, couples can still experience a church wedding at Normanton Church. The marriage ceremony can be performed at either end of the church, with both presenting beautiful backdrops for gorgeous wedding photographs.
Visit our Weddings at Normanton Church page for more information on our wedding package, bookings and open days.
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