Ketton is one of the largest villages in Rutland, which isn’t saying very much! It’s a thriving place, though, in part due to the existence of the Ketton Cement plant on the edge of the village itself. Locally, people complain of it as an eyesore and of the dust it creates. People need jobs, though, don’t they?
In mediaeval times Ketton was famous for its limestone quarry but it is from stone from nearby Barnack that this fine church was built. It is unusual because it is a cruciform church with a central tower. The tower itself is in Early English style and a particularly fine example of this archetypal Rutland church feature. I call them “Rutland Bruisers” on account of their disproportionate size, but Ketton is a large church and it is only, perhaps, the c14 broach spire - another “Rutland-ism” - that makes it look inordinately large.
Ketton has seen many stages in its development. The most impressive feature is the superb west doorway of about 1190. With its round-headed Norman-style doorway flanked on each side by pointed “blind” archways it is a beautiful example of Transitional architecture. The doorway itself is unusually ornate - that is to say it would be said to be “late Norman” if it stood alone. The three-part composition, however, presages the ubiquity of this form during the Early English Gothic era that was to follow. Ketton has its own examples in its triple arrangements of bell openings on its tower and its triple lancet windows in the chancel of about 1230-40. The flanking archways with their narrowness and zig zag mouldings in their soffits look quite Moorish.