Normanton Church in Rutland will once again open its doors for wedding ceremonies, BBC News has revealed.
According to the Local Heritage Initiative, the stunning chapel of St Matthews Church – the private chapel to the Normanton Estate – managed to avoid being demolished, despite sitting below the high water line of a proposed reservoir.
In 1970 a Trust was established to try and ensure it was preserved and after much consultation, it was decided that the lower half of the church would be filled to below window level with limestone and rubble and topped with concrete.
A bank was built on the outside to protect the building and it has since become a water museum.
Now, Anglican Water have been granted a license to hold civil ceremonies in the building, over half a century since the last wedding was held.
“We’d like to bring the church back to life and use it for what it was meant for,” Kevin Appleton, Anglian Water’s visitor services manager told BBC News. “It is a beautiful location and looking out on the water today with the flat calm makes it even more dramatic. There’s 3,500 acres of water out there.”
It might be somewhat harder to find a wedding reception venue that’s partially submerged, but if couples want an aquatic theme to their wedding, it’s something any good wedding reception venue will be able to accommodate through imaginative decorations.