Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst

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Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst
Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst, from the southeast
Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst is located in Cheshire
Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst
Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°15′26″N 2°56′56″W / 53.2573°N 2.9489°W / 53.2573; -2.9489
OS grid reference SJ 368,738
Location Capenhurst, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Holy Trinity, Capenhurst
Dedication Trinity
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 1 June 1967
Architect(s) James Harrison, John Douglas
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1856
Completed 1890
Materials Sandstone, roof of purple tiles
Parish Holy Trinity, Capenhurst
Deanery Wirral South
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Stephen Martin Southgate

Holy Trinity Church, Capenhurst is in the village of Capenhurst, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Wirral South. Its benefice is combined with that of St Oswald, Backford.[2]


The church was built between 1856 and 1859 to a design by James Harrison. In 1889–90 the tower was built and details were added to the interior by John Douglas.[1]



The church is built in red sandstone blocks with ashlar dressings. The roof is of purple tiles. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave, a south porch, a two-bay chancel, a vestry, and a west tower with spire. The tower is in three stages with buttresses and it has an octagonal stair turret at the southwest corner. On the west of the tower is a three-light window a clock above it. Around the top of the tower is a timber-framed stage which carries a broach spire with small Lakeland slates and a louvred lucarne.[1]


Internally the reredos is of stone with panels on each side carved in the manner of medieval tiles with the Ten Commandments inscribed in Arts and Crafts style script.[1] The stained glass in the church is all by Herbert Bryans, a pupil of Kempe, and is dated from 1876 to a date after 1900.[3] There is a ring of six bells which were cast by John Taylor and Company in 1919.[4]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war graves of two soldiers of World War I, and an airman of World War II.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of the Holy Trinity, Capenhurst (1130574)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 April 2012 
  2. ^ Holy Trinity, Capenhurst, Church of England, retrieved 2 October 2009 
  3. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 201, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Capenhurst Holy Trinity, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 13 August 2008 
  5. ^ CAPENHURST (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013