Holy Trinity Church, Hoylake

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Coordinates: 53°23′46″N 3°10′41″W / 53.396°N 3.178°W / 53.396; -3.178 Holy Trinity Church was the most prominent Anglican church in the seaside town of Hoylake, Wirral, England, until its demolition in 1976. It was consecrated on 1 November 1833, and in 1860 it became the Parish Church of Hoose, Little Hoose and Great Hoose. During its lifetime, 2 one daughter churches were built, the nearby St. Hildeburgh's, probably the only dedication to that saint, which is now used as the parish church for Hoylake, and St John's, now the parish church for Meols.

A new second pipe organ was installed at St Hildeburgh's with the cost being raised by public subscription in the 1920s. This organ, built and installed by Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool, specified by the organist, Norman Biller, comprised Swell, Great, Choir and Pedal organs with both the Choir and Swell organs being enclosed, instead of just the more usual swell organ only. The motor to power the bellows was replaced in 1970 at a cost of £10,000 and the organ was rebuilt in the 1960s.

Well known former choristers include, Heather Slade-Lipkin - harpsichordist, Pete Price - local radio presenter and DJ, and David Hale - judge.

Demolition[edit]

All that remains of Holy Trinity church today is the graveyard, housing over 200 gravestones and memorials. They include the war graves of 23 Commonwealth service personnel, 11 of World War I and 12 of World War II.[1]

Another interesting fact, Trinity Road was called Church Road, but they had to change the name so not to confuse with Church Road in nearby West Kirby.

The first Holy Trinity, was consecrated in 1834 but declared unsafe and closed in 1974 & demolished soon after, so St Hildeburgh’s became the parish church.

Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon was christened in this church in 1963. His mother Cynthia was living in Trinity Road, almost opposite the church at the time.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report. Breakdown obtained from casualty record.