SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

taken 4 months ago, near to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
The interior looking towards the chancel.
Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
The church was built between 1838 and 1840 at the instigation of the Marquess of Hastings to reflect the towns rapidly growing population in the early part of thee 19th century. The architect was Henry Stevens of Derby.

The church has a lot in common with the Commissioners' Churches of the period, but cannot be formally considered as one, although some of the funding did come the Church Commissioners and the Church Building Society.

Stevens chose the Early English style of Gothic for his design, the relatively plain decoration ensuring that costs were not excessive. As with many churches of the time, it consists of a very wide nave under a single span of roof, with chancel and west* tower. The presence of a gallery on three sides gives the impression of an aisled interior. The gallery is supported on decorative cast iron columns and brackets.

The original chancel was a small apsidal structure, replaced in 1866 by the current chancel, reflecting changes in liturgical practices. The work included flanking vestry and organ chamber. Original box pews in the nave were replaced by bench pews in 1885-6, although those in the gallery remain in place.

The church tower originally supported a spire but in 1899 it was deemed unsafe but the high estimate for repairs resulted in a decision to demolish it instead, this occurring in 1900.

Further changes to the internal layout in the 20th and 21st centuries reflect modern liturgical practices and the desire to provide more communal facilities.

The church is Listed Grade II.

* west in the liturgical sense; the church is oriented north-south with the tower at the north end.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 August, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3549 1657 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.7356N 1:28.5424W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3548 1659
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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