Holy Trinity Church, Wray

Holy Trinity Church, Wray
Holy Trinity Church, Wray

Holy Trinity Church, Wray, from the west

Holy Trinity Church, Wray is located in Lancashire
Holy Trinity Church, Wray
Location in Lancashire
Coordinates: 54°06′09″N 2°36′27″W / 54.1025°N 2.6074°W / 54.1025; -2.6074
Location Wray, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Holy Trinity, Wray
Consecrated 1 July 1841
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe
Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1839
Completed 1840
Parish Wray
Deanery Tunstall
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Rector Revd Mark Harrison Cannon
Reader Mary Winter, Peter Osborne,
Ann Dawson
Churchwarden(s) Mark Rowland, Francis Gretton

Holy Trinity Church, Wray, is in the village of Wray, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Tunstall, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with those of St Peter, Leck, St Wilfrid, Melling, St John, Tunstall, St James the Less, Tatham, and the Good Shepherd, Tatham Fells, Lowgill.[1][2]



The church was built in 1839–40 and designed by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe. The foundation stone was laid on 28 May 1839, and the church was completed the following year, although it was not consecrated until 1 July 1841, when the Bishop of Chester performed the ceremony. In 1879 the church was enlarged by Sharpe's successors, Paley and Austin, who added a larger chancel and transepts.[3] In 1889 Austin, Paley and Austin added a new nave roof, and altered the west elevation.[4]


Holy Trinity has a three-bay nave, each of which contains triple a lancet window. At the west end are four lancets, one on each side and two over the entrance. The chancel, added by Paley and Austin, has two bays and a three-light east window containing Decorated tracery. At the west end of the church is a double bellcote. Inside the church is a west gallery, containing the organ.[3] The two-manual organ was made in 1879 by Gray and Davison and overhauled in 1980 by R. D. and E. H. Holmes.[5]

See also

  • List of architectural works by Edmund Sharpe
  • List of ecclesiastical works by Paley and Austin
  • List of works by Paley, Austin and Paley


  1. ^ Holy Trinity, Wray, Church of England, http://www.achurchnearyou.com/wray-holy-trinity/, retrieved 27 July 2011 
  2. ^ Holy Trinity, Wray, Diocese of Blackburn, http://www.blackburn.anglican.org/parish.asp?theid=105153, retrieved 27 July 2011 
  3. ^ a b Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes, p. 136 
  4. ^ Price, James (1998), Sharpe, Paley and Austin: A Lancaster Architectural Practice 1836–1942, Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies, p. 92, ISBN 1-86220-054-8 
  5. ^ Lancashire, Wray (near Hornby), Holy Trinity, Main Street (R00831), British Institute of Organ Studies, http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=R00831, retrieved 27 July 2011 

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