Holy Trinity Church, Wray

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Holy Trinity Church, Wray
Holy Trinity Church, Wray.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Wray, from the west
Holy Trinity Church, Wray is located in the City of Lancaster district
Holy Trinity Church, Wray
Holy Trinity Church, Wray
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 54°06′09″N 2°36′27″W / 54.1025°N 2.6074°W / 54.1025; -2.6074
Location Wray, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Holy Trinity, Wray
Consecrated 1 July 1841
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe
Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1839
Completed 1840
Parish Wray
Deanery Tunstall
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Rector Revd Mark Harrison Cannon
Reader(s) Mary Winter, Peter Osborne,
Ann Dawson
Churchwarden(s) Mark Rowland, Francis Gretton

Holy Trinity Church is in the village of Wray, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Tunstall, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with those of St Peter, Leck, St Wilfrid, Melling, St John, Tunstall, St James the Less, Tatham, and the Good Shepherd, Tatham Fells, Lowgill.[1][2]


The church was built in 1839–40 and designed by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe. Its cost was £2,021 (equivalent to £160,000 in 2015).[3][4] The foundation stone was laid on 28 May 1839, and the church was completed the following year, although it was not consecrated until 1 July 1841, when the Bishop of Chester performed the ceremony.[5] In 1879–80 the church was enlarged by Sharpe's successors, Paley and Austin, who rebuilt the chancel, reseated the church, and added an organ chamber and a porch at a cost of £1,307.[6] In 1889 the same practice, now Austin, Paley and Austin, added a new nave roof, and altered the west elevation.[7]


Holy Trinity has a three-bay nave, each bay containing a triple lancet window. At the west end are four lancets, one on each side and two over the entrance. The chancel, added by Paley and Austin, has two bays and a three-light east window containing Decorated tracery. At the west end of the church is a double bellcote. Inside the church is a west gallery, containing the organ.[5] The two-manual organ was made in 1879 by Gray and Davison and overhauled in 1980 by R. D. and E. H. Holmes.[8]

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  1. ^ Holy Trinity, Wray, Church of England, retrieved 27 July 2011 
  2. ^ Holy Trinity, Wray, Diocese of Blackburn, retrieved 27 July 2011 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 211.
  5. ^ a b Name & Year, p. 136.
  6. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 231.
  7. ^ Price 1998, p. 92.
  8. ^ Lancashire, Wray (near Hornby), Holy Trinity, Main Street (R00831), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 27 July 2011 


  • Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  • Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes 
  • Price, James (1998), Sharpe, Paley and Austin: A Lancaster Architectural Practice 1836–1942, Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies, ISBN 1-86220-054-8 

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