Holy Trinity Church, Coventry

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Holy Trinity Church, Coventry
Holy Trinity Church (left)
52°24′31″N 01°30′32″W / 52.40861°N 1.50889°W / 52.40861; -1.50889Coordinates: 52°24′31″N 01°30′32″W / 52.40861°N 1.50889°W / 52.40861; -1.50889
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Website www.holytrinitycoventry.org.uk
History
Dedication Holy Trinity
Administration
Parish Coventry
Diocese Coventry
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd David Mayhew (from 2009)

Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, is a parish church of the Church of England located in Coventry City Centre, West Midlands, England.

Above the chancel arch is probably the most impressive Doom wall-painting now remaining in an English church.

History[edit]

The church dates from the 12th century and is the only Medieval church in Coventry which is still complete.[1][2] It is 59 metres (194 feet) long, and has a spire 72 metres (237 feet) high.

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 the church was restored by George Gilbert Scott in 1854.

Doom painting[edit]

Doom painting in Holy Trinity Church

The doom painting was painted above the tower arch in 1430s. It was discovered in 1831, covered by a lime wash, and was then restored and varnished over by a local artist, David Gee.[1] 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.[3]

Organ[edit]

The church had a pipe organ which had evolved over a long period of time with work by many builders, the last by Henry Willis and Sons. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]

History[edit]

  • 1526: This is the earliest recorded organ, built by John Howe and John Clynmowe of London for £30. In the late 16th century it was dismantled as the Puritan clergy at Holy Trinity disapproved of organs.
  • 1631: Samuel Buggs (Vicar), "procured" a replacement instrument.
  • 1640s: Puritans back in charge, organ sold for £30.
  • 1732: The German Thomas Swarbrick, who also supplied a new organ for Coventry Cathedral (Old Cathedral), built one for Holy Trinity for £600. It was placed upon a gallery erected for it across the Nave and had 2 manuals.
  • 1829: Swell and pedal added.
  • 1855–1861: As part of the George Gilbert Scott restoration of the church, a new organ chamber was built in the westernmost bay of the south chancel aisle. This instrument of 3 manuals plus pedals, was built by Forster and Andrews for £800.
  • 1900: Rebuilt by W. Hill & Sons with some of the old work incorporated; 4 manuals.
  • 1923: Electric blowing chest added.
  • 1933: J. Charles Lee of Coventry added pneumatic pistons.
  • 1961: Rebuilt for £12,200 by the firm of Henry Willis, the organ contained 59 speaking stops, each with 61 pipes, along with 30 couplers and 3 tremolos.
  • 2007: Organ was dismantled, due to it being beyond repair. A funding appeal has been launched for a new organ, which will cost approximately £600,000.

List of Organists[edit]

  • William Lambe 1631 – 1640
  • Mr. Harrison 1684 – 1696
  • Mr. Spencer 1696 – 1731
  • John Barker 1731 – 1752[5]
  • Capel Bond 1752 – 1790
  • John Owen 1790 – 1797
  • Matthew Payne 1797 – 1818
  • Jane Lowe 1818 – 1856
  • Edward Simms 1821 – 1822[6]
  • Frank Frederick Cuisset 1856 – 1860 (later organist of Bishop Ryder Church, Birmingham and St. Mary's Church, Selly Oak, Birmingham)
  • H.J. Bailey 1860 – 1862 (formerly assistant organist of Ely Cathedral)
  • Arthur Anwill Evans 1862 – 1866[7]
  • William Chater 1866 – 1880
  • A. Hanson 1880 – 1899[8]
  • Charles Harry Moody 1899 – 1902 (later organist of Ripon Cathedral)
  • Percy E. Hughes 1902[9] – ca. 1907[10] – ????
  • Christie Green 1912[11] — 1918 (previously organist of Blackburn Parish Church, afterwards organist of St. Margaret's Church, Altrincham, Cheshire)
  • Harold Bartrum Osmond 1918[12] – ca. 1931[13] – ???? (formerly organist of St Peters, Thanet)
  • Leonard Tanner B Mus. FRCO. ca.1950 – 1960
  • Martyn Lane – Organist and Master of the Choristers – 1965–1975
  • Peter Johnson 1975–1979
  • Andrew Moodie ca. 1981
  • Jeremy Filsell – c. 1981
  • Christopher Howard 1981–1990 – Director of Music.
  • Indra Hughes 1990–1992 (Organist and Master of the Choristers)
  • David Baxter – 1982–1991 – under baton of Christopher Howard and Indra Hughes
  • Christopher Howard – Director of Music – 1992–2013.
  • Alexander Norman – Director of Music – 2013–present

List of assistant organists[edit]


List of Vicars[edit]

Dates listed are of appointment, unless otherwise noted.[14]

  • Ralph de Sove, (no dates known)
  • Henry de Harenhale, 1298
  • John de Holland, 1334
  • John Greneburgh, 1346
  • Egidius Fillilod, 1349
  • William Swet, 1380
  • John de Amcotes, 1381
  • John Brideston, (no dates known)
  • William Gamell, 1383
  • Nicholas Crosloy, 1421
  • John Meneley, 1443
  • Thomas Bowde, (no dates known)
  • Thomas Orton, 1508
  • Richard Collett, (no dates known)
  • Nicholas Darington, 1527
  • Roger Capp, (no dates known)
  • William Benet, 1546
  • George Brooche, 1554
  • George Cheston, 1568
  • Anthony Fletcher, 1576
  • Humphrey Fenne, 1577
  • Richard Eaton, 1590
  • Thomas Cooper, 1604
  • Samuel Gibson, 1610
  • John Staresmore, 1618
  • Samuel Buggs, 1626
  • Henry Carpenter, 1633
  • Joseph Brown, 1636
  • Robert Proctor, 1638
  • John Bryan, 1644
  • Nathaniel Wanley, 1662
  • Samuel Barton, 1680
  • Jonathan Kimberley, 1681
  • Samuel Kimberley, 1712

List of Curates.

  • Anthony Francis Williams, c.1950–1962
  • Roy Windmill, c.1967–1971
  • Tony Burford
  • Hennie Johnston 2003-2007
  • James Hill, 2011–2013
  • Rob Budd, 2013 - present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Doom Fresco At Holy Trinity Church in Coventry". ArtDaily. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Warwickshire, Francis White & Co, 1850.
  3. ^ Collaboration in the Arts from the Middle Ages to the Present, Silvia Bigliazzi, Sharon Wood, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006. ISBN 0-7546-5512-1.
  4. ^ National Pipe Organ Register.
  5. ^ Temperley, Nicholas (1979) The Music of the English Parish Church; vol. 1. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press
  6. ^ Coventry Evening Telegraph – Monday 16 January 1893
  7. ^ Leamington Spa Courier – Saturday 3 February 1866
  8. ^ Coventry Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 24 January 1899
  9. ^ Coventry Evening Telegraph – Friday 2 May 1902
  10. ^ North Devon Journal – Thursday 19 September 1907
  11. ^ Thornsby, Frederick W., ed. (1912) Dictionary of Organs and Organists. Bournemouth: Logan
  12. ^ Coventry Evening Telegraph – Saturday 13 July 1918
  13. ^ Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Saturday 31 October 1931
  14. ^ Names and dates taken from the carved wooden plaque in the Archdeacon's Court. The plaque was dedicated to the memory of Francis M. Beaumont and installed sometime in the early 20th century. Early dates may be approximate.
  15. ^ The Deans: Cathedral Life, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Trevor Beeson. SCM-Canterbury Press Ltd, 2004. ISBN 0-334-02987-2.