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Holy Trinity Church (also known as St Peter & St Paul), Westbury on Trym
Holy Trinity Church (also known as St Peter & St Paul) (link to Church's website)
Church Road, BS9 3EQ,
Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded about 717, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1897 describes Westbury on Trym as a parish, 3 miles south-west from Filton station on the Bristol and South Wales section of the Great Western railway, and 3 north-west from Bristol. The church of Holy Trinity "formerly attached to the college founded here in 1288 by Bishop [Godfrey] Giffard, was erected in the beginning of the 13th century, and consists of apsidal chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, each with a small chapel, or chantry, rood stair turrets, north and south porches and a lofty western tower with pinnacles containing a clock and a fine peal of 6 bells". [NB: Holy Trinity's website records an earlier church, founded around 717 A.D.; Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website records its dedication as Holy & Undivided Trinity, and also called SS Peter & Paul]

In the chancel is a beautiful carved reredos, with a representation of "The Last Supper", adapted from Raphael's fresco in the convent of St Onofrio at Florence. The windows of the apse, and those on the north side of the chancel are stained. There are several ancient monuments, the most prominent being that of John Carpenter, Bishop of Worcester (1444-76), provost of Oriel College, Oxford, and chancellor of that University, who was a great benefactor both to the church and the adjoining monastery, and was buried here. His tomb, restored by the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford, stands on the south side of the chancel, and close to the Canynge chapel. There are 1,004 sittings.

The parish records date from 1559, and contain entries for Shirehampton from 1727. The living in 1897 was a vicarage with Redland annexed, in the gift of W.H. Warton and the trustees of the late T.T. Walton esq. alternately, and held since 1847 by the Rev. William Cartwright B.A. of University College, Oxford, who resided at Redland Green, Bristol; the Rev. John James Dunne Cooke M.A. of St John's College, Oxford, had been curate in charge since 1896.

Note: the ancient parish of Westbury on Trym was abolished in 1904 to become part of the civil parish of Bristol, established in 1898; and today (2014) it constitutes part of Bristol City and County.

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference ST5733477404. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 8 Feb 2014 at 14:56.

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