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Holy Trinity Church of England, Ulverston

Holy Trinity,
New Church Lane,
Ulverston
Lancashire

Cemeteries

The church had a graveyard. A transcript of the monumental inscriptions was made in 1935-36 (including the St Mary's and Holy Trinity churchyards and Ulverston Congregational Church), was published in 1973 by the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.

Church History

It was founded in 1829 and closed in 1975.
Holy Trinity Church is an elegant yet substantial building in the early English style of architecture, with a spiral tower. It was erected in 1832 by public subscription, aided by a grant from the Parliamentary Commissioners. The altar-piece is a copy of Guido's Crucifixion, by Ghirardi, from the original in the church of Lorenzo di Luciana, in Rome, and was presented by the late Colonel Braddyll. The church was restored and enlarged in 1881, and will now accommodate 780 persons. The organ also was rebuilt, and greatly improved in size and tone, at a cost of £600. There is a beautiful stained glass window to the memory of the late Charles Kennedy, Esq., and two others were added in 1881, by Mr. Kennedy, of Stone Cross. The appearance of the interior of the church is now (June, 1882) being still further improved by the addition of a beautiful marble reredos from the studio of Messrs. Miles & Affleck, sculptors and monumental masons, Ulverston. The stipend, worth £180 net, is derived from fees and pew-rents, and the living is in the same patronage as St. Mary's. The benefice is styled a vicarage, and is now held by the Rev. L. R. Ayre, M.A., Cantab.

from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882

The foundation stone was laid on 3 October 1829 and the church was consecrated 5 July 1832. It was declared redundant in 1975.

Holy Trinity was one of a series of new churches which were assisted by parliamentary funds, particularly in Lancashire, in order to meet the needs of expanding populations. They were often described as Commissioners churches. The church's origins have been outlined in the book Dear Mr Salvin (published by Helm Press of Natland, 1999). This book is based on correspondence between the clerk of works, William Brocklebank, and the London architect, Anthony Salvin.

After closure it had a varied existence, serving from 1977 as a sports hall which included a bar, squash courts and jacuzzi, before being sold in 1987 for eventual conversion into flats. However, much of the church exterior and many of the memorials in the graveyard have survived intact.

Church Records

Whilst every effort has been made to record exact details of record office and library holdings you are recommended to check with them before visiting to ensure that they do hold the records and years you wish to examine. Similarly check with transcript publishers to ensure they cover the records and years you require before making a purchase.

The Cumbria Record Office, Barrow hold:

  • Baptisms 1832-1973
  • Marriages 1836-1975
  • Burials 1835-1972

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no connection with the churches themselves.

Whilst every effort has been made to record exact details of record office and library holdings you are recommended to check with them before visiting to ensure that they do hold the records and years you wish to examine. Similarly check with transcript publishers to ensure they cover the records and years you require before making a purchase.

Copies of Bishop's Transcripts

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Register Transcripts

MI

Maps

The church is located at OS grid reference SD2847578115 (Lat/Lon 54.193795,-3.097768). You can see this on maps provided by: