Holy Trinity, Minories
Holy Trinity, Minories, was a church outside the eastern boundaries of the City of London; but within the Liberties of the Tower of London. The liberty was incorporated in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney in 1899, and today is within the City of London.
The district lay within the precincts of the Monastery of St Clare, founded by Edmund Crouchback, in 1293, for a group of Spanish nuns of the Order of St. Clare who arrived with his wife. The nuns were also known as the Minoresses – which came to be adapted as the name for the district, Minories. The monastery was surrendered in 1539, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the buildings were used as an armory for the Tower of London, and later, as a workhouse. Later in the 16th century, the church was a Puritan stronghold, where both John Field and Thomas Wilcox preached.
After the dissolution the nuns' chapel became a parish church. Considerable changes were made: all the ancient monuments were removed, a gallery, a new pulpit and pews were installed, and a steeple was built.  The first recorded reference to a dedication to the Holy Trinity dates from 1563. Until 1730, the church claimed the rights of a royal peculiar – including freedom from the authority of the Bishop of London; and the right to perform marriages 'without licence'.
The church escaped the Great Fire of London  but fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in 1706. The new church was a plain brick structure, 63 feet long and twenty feet wide, with a low tower, built at a cost of £700.  The north wall of the medieval church was retained. Some of the abbey buildings survived until their destruction by fire in 1797.
In 1899, the church was closed under the provisions of the Union of Benefices Act 1860 and united with the parish of St Botolph's Aldgate. The former church was used as a parish room until destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.
- East of London FHS
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