Friday, 27 April 2012

Rutland Water

The church of St Mathews now stands isolated in Normanton park to the west of the site of the hall, and is a small modern structure in the style of the classic renaissance. The mediaeval church which was described in 1579 as being in a very ruinous condition was pulled down by Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 3rd baronet, in 1764 and replaced by a plain building consisting of a chancel about 13 feet square and an aisleless nave 32 feet by 18 feet 6 inches. The style of which is said to have been ' Italian of the most unpretending character'.

(A history of the county of Rutland: Volume 2. William Page 1935)

That landscape painter who does not make his skies a very material part of his composition, neglects to avail himself of one of his greatest aids.

(John Constable)

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