Normanton Church, Rutland Water, England by Steve Gray

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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, in 1970 it was de-consecrated and scheduled for demolition as area was being flooded to create Rutland Water. The original floor would have been below the proposed water level of the reservoir. 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.

I had wanted to photograph this church for a while, and had previously visited on twice but the conditions had not been great. I revisited one summer evening hoping to get a sunset shot. As the sun went down the lights came on and lit the church. I really liked how the reflection and colours contrasted with the blues and reds of sky as the sun went down and blue hour started. It turns out I was incredibly lucky as it doesn't always get lit up by the lights.


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