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

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.
by Alan Murray-Rust
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SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust
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SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust


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Created: Mon, 13 Aug 2018, Updated: Mon, 13 Aug 2018

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