Holy Trinity Parish Church

Holy Trinity Parish Church

For a small village, Wentworth is unusual in that it has two churches - the partly ruined (but still occasionally used) old church and the Victorian new church.

The new church was commissioned in 1872 by the 6th Earl Fitzwilliam at a cost of around £25,000 in memory of his parents. It is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, as was the original church.

Holy Trinity Parish Church

The church was designed by the leading Victorian church architect James Loughborough Pearson (who later went on to design Truro Cathedral) and has been described by architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Prevsner as "a very fine, sensitive, and scholary piece of Gothic revival".

New Church from the Old Church

It was built on a grand scale, and its spire of almost 200 feet is visible for miles around. The vast interior can comfortably seat over 500 people, far more than the population of the village either now or at the time it was built! It has a number of interesting architectural features including some impressive stone valuting and two large stained glass windows by Kempe (W) and Clayton and Bell (E). There is also a carved stone reredos depicting the Last Supper which was donated by the 6th Earl's children to commemorate the Golden Wedding anniversary of the Earl and his wife, Lady Frances Harriet Douglas.

As well as the Sunday and midweek church services, the New Church is often used for art exhibitions and concerts - its excellent acoustics have also made it a popular venue for classical music recording sessions. The church is often open to the public when it is not in use for services; there is no charge to enter but small donations to support the maintenance of the fabric of the building are welcomed.

Copyright (c) Martin Gill 2002

Sunday Services

Sunday Services are held at 8.15am (Holy Communion), 10.45am (Family Communion - 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays; Family Service - 2nd Sunday; Matins - 4th Sunday) and 6.30pm (Evensong).

More About the New Church

Local historian Graham Hobson has written a more comprehensive article on the New Church including a number of new photographs which you can View Here

More Church Photos

Click here for a larger photograph of the church. If anyone has any photos of the Church or Wentworth generally that we can use on the site then please contact us with details.

Wentworth Church Web Link

Wentworth Church now has its own web site at www.wentworthchurch.co.uk - the interactive 3D tour of the church is well worth a look...