Holy Trinity Church, Bury

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Holy Trinity Church, Bury
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Holy Trinity Church, Bury
Holy Trinity Church, Bury is located in Greater Manchester
Holy Trinity Church, Bury
Holy Trinity Church, Bury
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°35′20″N 2°17′20″W / 53.5890°N 2.2888°W / 53.5890; -2.2888
OS grid referenceSD 810,103
LocationBury, Greater Manchester
WebsiteHoly Trinity, Bury
StatusParish church
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated23 October 2004
Architect(s)E. G. Paley
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
Construction cost£5,500
Closed30 November 2010
MaterialsCoursed rock-faced sandstone with ashlar dressings
Welsh slate roofs
ParishRoch Valley

Holy Trinity Church is in Spring Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, England. It is a redundant Anglican parish church in the diocese of Manchester.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built between 1863 and 1865 at a cost of about £5,500 (equivalent to £520,000 in 2018).[3] It was designed by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley. The original plan included a south aisle and a north tower with a spire, but these were never built. The site was given by the 14th Earl of Derby, who also donated £1,000. As built, the church provided seating for 627 people.[4] The church was extended in about 1920.[2] Edward Hordern, the father of the British actor Michael Hordern, was a rector at the church, likely around the turn of the 20th century.[5] On 30 November 2010 the church was declared redundant,[6] and its parish was merged with those of St Peter, Bury, and St Thomas, Bury, forming the new parish of Roch Valley.[1] As of 2011, it was planned to sell it for use as a children's nursery and an early learning centre.


Holy Trinity Church is constructed in coursed rock-faced sandstone with ashlar dressings. It has Welsh slate roofs. The architectural style is Early English. Its plan consists of a nave, a north aisle with a porch, a chancel with a Lady chapel and a vestry to the north.[2] As the arcade runs down the centre of the church,[2] it is described in the Buildings of England series as a "double-naved church", with "the chancel attached to the south nave".[7] The windows at the east and west ends contain "heavy plate tracery".[7] The arcade has five bays and is carried on round piers.[7] Between the aisle and the Lady chapel is a three-bay arcade.[2] In the Lady chapel is a brightly painted reredos, added in 1987 as a First World War memorial.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "A Church Near You". achurchnearyou.com. The Archbishop's Council. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Holy Trinity Church, Bury (1391180)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 7 June 2012
  3. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 220, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  5. ^ Hordern, Michael (1993), A World Elsewhere, London: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd, pp. 2–3, ISBN 978-1-85479-188-7
  6. ^ Diocese of Manchester: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 3, retrieved 7 June 2012
  7. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 178, ISBN 0-300-10583-5