Thursday, 19 April 2012

Normanton Church

Last weekend I went up to visit a friend in Leicester who is getting married in September. As I hadn't seen the venue yet (and as I am chief bridesmaid) she drove me out to Rutland on Water to take a peak.

I had seen some pictures, but they just do not do the little church justice. Placed right out on the edge of the water, it is the most beautiful Neo-Classical estate church that I have ever seen.

Grade II listed, it is surrounded on three sides by water and has a stunning view. The tower and western portico, which overlooks the estuary, were built between 1826 and 1829 by Thomas Cundy Jr. The design was based on that of St John's Church in Smith Square, Westminster.

The use of Ionic and Corinthian capitals as you work your way higher up the building is a common theme with neo-classical architecture. Generally, the more leaves the capital has on it, the more female it is.

The nave and apse date to over a century later and can be seen in the different styles of ionic capitals and collumns, as well as the keystones and hood moulding around the windows to the right of the picture:

We couldn't go inside as there was another wedding going on. So i'll finish off with a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the lovely couple-to-be in September. This is a stunning building to start the rest of your life together!!

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