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St. Matthews Church (Normanton)

St. Matthew's was the parish church of the Rutland village of Normanton, whose inhabitants were moved to nearby Edith Weston on the orders of the landowner Sir Gilbert Heathcote.

The church is now a landmark on Rutland Water, standing on an artificial spit, with its ground floor filled with concrete and rubble. Only the clerestory and tower are now visible.

The body of the church was built in 1764, while the 19th century tower was based on the design of St. John's Smith Square in London.

Heathcote's monuments, with those of others of his family, have been moved to Edith Weston.

St. Matthew's now functions as the Rutland Water Museum.

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