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Parish Church of Holy Trinity

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The history of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry dates from the 12th century and is the only Medieval church in Coventry that is still complete.

It is 59 metres (194 ft) long and has a spire 72 metres (236 ft) high, one of the tallest non-cathedral spires in the UK.

The church was restored in 1665–1668, and the tower was recased in 1826 by Thomas Rickman.

The east end was rebuilt in 1786 and the west front by Richard Charles Hussey in 1843.

The inside of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry was restored by George Gilbert Scott in 1854.

view from west tower of old cathedral Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

A view of the Holy Trinity Church, Coventry from the west tower of the old medieval cathedral.

 

east end external architecture of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

The east end external architecture of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

west end and entrance to Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

The west end and entrance to Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

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Surviving fragments of the medieval Godiva stained glass window in Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

Left: Surviving fragments of the medieval Godiva stained glass window in Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

Right: The great arches of the architecture at the crossing of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

Looking east down the nave of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

Looking east down the nave of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

Last Judgement medieval doom painting Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

During the 1430s, the painting of the Last Judgement ('doom painting') was created above the tower arch to demonstrate the eternal consequences of both charitable and uncharitable acts. The doom painting was painted above the tower arch in 1430s. The painting was discovered in 1831, covered by a lime wash, and was then restored and varnished over by David Gee. In the years following, the varnish darkened and hid the painting from view again. In 1995, conservation and restoration work was begun and the painting was revealed 2004, which is what you see today!

 

Looking down the nave to the great east window of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

Looking down the nave to the great east window of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

stained glass window panels of Great West Window of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

The stained glass window panels of Great West Window of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry:

Top centre: "Christ in Majesty"; Bottom centre: "Our Lady with Holy Child"

Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

 

 

Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

Looking towards the great east window of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

Looking up into the tower at the crossing of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

Looking up into the tower at the crossing of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

Holy Trinity Church, Coventry has essentially a cruciform shape with some additional chapels.

 

stained glass window panels of the great East Window above the altar in the chancel of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

The stained glass window panels of the great East Window above the altar in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 

Details of the stained glass window panels of the east window of Holy Trinity Parish Church City of Coventry

Details of the stained glass window panels of the east window of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

 


City of Coventry index

5a. City of Coventry (1) Station, Christchurch spire, Ford's Hospital Almshouses, Houses on Bayley Lane e.g. Golden Cross Inn, Town Hall

5b. City of Coventry (2) The ruined medieval Cathedral Church of St Michael, a climb up the tower, Blitz Museum

5c. City of Coventry (3) The 'modern' 20th century Cathedral Church of St Michael

5d. City of Coventry (4) The Chapel of Unity (attached to the modern Cathedral)

5e. City of Coventry (5) Parish Church of Holy Trinity

5f. City of Coventry (6) Lychgate Cottages, Swanswell Gate Tower, Flying Standard pub and Lady Godiva statue

5g. City of Coventry (7) The Coventry Transport Museum

5h. City of Coventry (8) The Guildhall

5i. City of Coventry (9) Herbert Art Gallery and Museum


More on the history of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry

The first known reference to Holy Trinity Church is in 1113. Holy Trinity Church, Coventry's origins relate to the history of the Benedictine Priory of St Mary which was associated with Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva. The Holy Trinity Church, Coventry appears to have originally been established next door to the Priory to act as a “side chapel” to the priory church and for the use of the priory’s tenants. The original Norman Holy Trinity Church, Coventry was all but destroyed in a fire in 1257. The North porch was the only part of the original building to survive and is still in use today. The rest of the church was entirely rebuilt during the 14th Century. The walls were brightly painted, helping those churchgoers who could not read to understand the messages of the bible. Only one example of this ancient artwork still remains - the 'doom painting'. During the 1430s, the painting of the Last Judgement was created above the tower arch to demonstrate the eternal consequences of both charitable and uncharitable acts.

Holy Trinity Church, Coventry underwent massive upheaval during the Reformation in the reigns of Henry VIII and his son Edward, losing most of its priests and many of its treasures. The Holy Trinity Church, Coventry has involved many interesting and passionate people across the years. There have been notable priests, ranging from the first vicar of the church, Ralph de Sowe, through John Bryan, who was deemed too non-conformist to remain in 1662, to the 19th century’s Rev Dr Walter Farquar Hook who, according to one parishioner, “set everything a-going”. He was responsible for, among other things, the establishment of a savings bank, an infant school, a dispensary and the beginning of evening services at the church. The celebrated 18th century actress, Sarah Siddons, was married in Holy Trinity Church, Coventry in 1773 and Mary Ann Evans, the 19th century novelist better known by her pen name of George Eliot, attended church here for many years.

Along with the whole of Coventry, Holy Trinity and its people experienced great trauma in November 1940, when German air raids laid waste to great areas of the city. Holy Trinity Church, Coventry was saved from destruction by the amazing commitment and bravery of the vicar at the time, the Rev Clitheroe. You can read more about Holy Trinity's blitz survival here and thankfully Holy Trinity’s long story continues still, as a lively church and a great piece of medieval architecture.



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City of Coventry index

5a. City of Coventry (1) Station, Christchurch spire, Ford's Hospital Almshouses, Houses on Bayley Lane e.g. Golden Cross Inn, Town Hall

5b. City of Coventry (2) The ruined medieval Cathedral Church of St Michael, a climb up the tower, Blitz Museum

5c. City of Coventry (3) The 'modern' 20th century Cathedral Church of St Michael

5d. City of Coventry (4) The Chapel of Unity (attached to the modern Cathedral)

5e. City of Coventry (5) Parish Church of Holy Trinity

5f. City of Coventry (6) Lychgate Cottages, Swanswell Gate Tower, Flying Standard pub and Lady Godiva statue

5g. City of Coventry (7) The Coventry Transport Museum

5h. City of Coventry (8) St Mary's Guildhall

5i. City of Coventry (9) Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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