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Church of the Holy Trinity

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhyl, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3209 / 53°19'15"N

Longitude: -3.4881 / 3°29'17"W

OS Eastings: 300969

OS Northings: 381479

OS Grid: SJ009814

Mapcode National: GBR 4Z21.M7

Mapcode Global: WH653.DS6G

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Trinity

Listing Date: 14 February 1994

Last Amended: 14 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14299

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Adjacent to the Church of Saint Thomas, facing down Church Street.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Rhyl (Y Rhyl)

Community: Rhyl

Built-Up Area: Rhyl

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Built in 1835 as a chapel of ease to Saint Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan, to designs of Thomas Jones, architect. It became a parish church when Rhyl was designated as a separate parish in 1844. As Rhyl rapidly developed as a resort, it was necessary first to extend the existing church - the transepts were extended to their present notably long form in 1850 and 1852 - and then to supplement it by the construction of a new church devoted to English services - the adjacent church of Saint Thomas was built 1860-9. The Church of the Holy Trinity remained the parish church, and is still used principally for Welsh services.

Exterior

Roughly squared random rubble with slate roofs. Aisle-less nave nominated by long transepts; short chancel. Perpendicular style. West door in plain chamfered shallow projecting panel, with 4-centred arched doorway. Four-light window and trefoil over the doorway, and bellcote on gable above. Three-light windows to nave and to transepts, with porch in N transept, a chamfered 4-centred arched doorway. Five-light E window to chancel extended to the S in 1869 by a narrow vestry addition under a continuation of the main roof, and to the east in 1891. Three light windows to vestry and chancel N wall. Many of the windows, especially in the original parts of the building (nave, chancel and first bays of transepts) have cast-iron latticed glazing in lieu of leading.

Interior

Three-bay nave, with braced king-post roof with rafters. Similar roofs over transepts, which have both been subdivided by timber screens to form separate rooms at N and S ends. Encaustic tiled floor to chancel, plain panelled reredos of 1891 and pictorial stained glass by Ward and Hughes, of 1879 and 1881.

Reasons for Listing

A well-detailed example of neo-Perpendicular church design, it has particular historical significance in the context of Rhyl’s development as a resort, reflecting both in its extension and in its justaposition with the later church of Saint Thomas, the rapid expansion of the town.

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