The original site of Normanton Church would have placed it below the proposed water line of Rutland Water. St Matthew’s church, as it was then known, dated back to 1826 and was of considerable historic value. There followed a project which raised the level of the church and placed it above the water level on a pier of stones. The Church now stands proudly by the side of Rutland Water and houses a museum with dinosaur fossils, and an anglo-saxon skeleton from the reservoir. It also has a fascinating video on the reservoir’s construction.