Holy Trinity Church, Rainow

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Holy Trinity Church, Rainow
Holy Trinity Church, Rainow
Holy Trinity Church, Rainow is located in Cheshire
Holy Trinity Church, Rainow
Holy Trinity Church, Rainow
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°16′51″N 2°04′29″W / 53.2808°N 2.0746°W / 53.2808; -2.0746
Location Rainow, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Holy Trinity, Rainow
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 9 December 1983
Architect(s) Samuel Howard
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1845
Completed 1846
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish Rainow with Saltersford and Forest
Deanery Macclesfield
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Stephen Derek Rathbone

Holy Trinity Church is in the village of Rainow, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Macclesfield, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the diocese of Chester. Its benefice is combined with those of St John, Saltersford, and St Stephen, Forest.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


Holy Trinity was built in 1845–46, the architect being Samuel Howard of Disley, and the builder John Mellor of Rainow.[4] A grant of £400 (equivalent to £35,000 in 2015)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[3]


The church is constructed in buff sandstone. It is roofed in Welsh slates, and has a stone ridge. The plan consists of a broad four-bay nave, a short chancel, and a west tower. The tower is embraced by low towers carrying the stairs to the gallery. The tower is in three stages with angle buttresses. In the bottom stage is a west door, over which is a window containing Y-tracery. The middle stage contains circular clock faces, and the top stage has three-light louvred bell openings. At the summit is an embattled parapet with corner pinnacles. Along the sides of the church the bays are divided by buttresses, each bay continuing a two-light lancet window with Y-tracery. At each corner of the church is a pinnacle.[2] The east window has three lights with intersecting tracery.[4]

Inside the church is a west gallery carried on octagonal iron posts. There is a wide central aisle flanked by box pews.[4] In the gallery is a small two-manual organ, its date and maker being unknown.[6]

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  1. ^ Holy Trinity, Rainow, Church of England, retrieved 29 February 2012 
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of the Holy Trinity, Rainow (1138952)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 February 2012 
  3. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 331, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  4. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 551, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  6. ^ Cheshire, Rainow, Holy Trinity (N02475), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 29 February 2012