Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton

Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton
Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton

Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton, from the southwest

Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton is located in Lancashire
Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton
Location in Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°43′41″N 2°35′06″W / 53.7281°N 2.5851°W / 53.7281; -2.5851
OS grid reference SD 615 259
Location Hoghton, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Holy Trinity, Hoghton
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 30 January 1987
Architect(s) Robert Roper
James Birtwhistle
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1822
Completed c, 1887
Materials Stone
Parish Hoghton
Deanery Leyland
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Priest(s) Revd David Dickinson
Reader Howard Watson
Christine Keenan
Churchwarden(s) Elisabeth Sawle
Tim Burridge
Parish administrator Sue Flitcroft

Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton, is located in the village of Hoghton, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Leyland, the archdeaconry of Blackburn, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2] It is a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]



Holy Trinity was built between 1822 and 1823, and was designed by Robert Roper. A grant of £2,037 (£150,000 as of 2011)[4] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[3] The church was almost completely rebuilt in about 1887 by James Birtwhistle of Blackburn, who added the tower, chancel and south aisle.[5]



The church is constructed in ashlar stone. The architectural style is mainly Early English. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave, a six-bay south aisle, a two-bay chancel, and west tower. The tower is in three stages, with angle buttresses and a southeast stair turret. It has an arched north doorway, and a three-light west window with Perpendicular tracery. On the north and south sides, at a higher level, is a two-light window with a circular clock face above it. The bell openings have two lights, and are louvred. At the summit of the tower is an embattled parapet. Along the sides of the nave and the south aisle are lancet windows. The aisle also has a priest's door, coupled lancets in the east gable, and triple lancets in the west gable. The chancel has two-light windows on the sides, and a large five-light east window. All the gables contain a quatrefoil window towards the apex, and are surmounted by a stone cross.[2]


The arcade between the nave and the aisle has four bays, and is carried on quatrefoil columns.[2] The reredos is a memorial to the First World War. The font is octagonal and dates probably from the 1880s. In the east window is stained glass dating from about 1929 depicting the Te Deum. The baptistery contains glass by Shrigley and Hunt dating from the middle of the 20th century. The monuments include one to Thomas Swinburn, an early engineer of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, who died in 1881. Elsewhere are memorials to members of the de Hoghton family of Hoghton Tower.[5] The two-manual organ was built in 1868, and rebuilt in 1886 by Thorold and Smith. It was restored in 2004–05 by David Wells.[6] The ring consists of eight bells, all cast in 1886 by Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[7]

See also

  • List of Commissioners' churches in Northeast and Northwest England


  1. ^ Holy Trinity, Hoghton, Church of England, http://www.achurchnearyou.com/hoghton-holy-trinity/, retrieved 19 October 2011 
  2. ^ a b c Church of the Holy Trinity, Hoghton (1072536). National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 327, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Lawrence H. Officer (2010) "What Were the UK Earnings and Prices Then?" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 338, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  6. ^ Lancashire, Preston, Hoghton, Holy Trinity (N13238), British Institute of Organ Studies, http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=N13238, retrieved 19 October 2011 
  7. ^ Houghton, Holy Trinity, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, http://dove.cccbr.org.uk/detail.php?searchString=hoghton&Submit=+Go+&DoveID=HOGHTON, retrieved 19 October 2011 

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