Iconic Southport church is to share in a £391,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.
A £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair and Community Grant will help to secure the future of Holy Trinity church in Southport with urgently needed repairs and new visitor facilities.
Holy Trinity church is one of 29 churches and chapels in the UK to benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the UK church repair and support charity.
Broadcaster and Journalist Huw Edwards, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said:
“I'm delighted that the future of Holy Trinity church, Southport, is being safeguarded by a £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant. The project will also provide new community facilities and offer a better welcome to visitors.”
“At the heart of the nation’s history and at the centre of local communities, churches and chapels are some of the UK's best loved local buildings. But their future is not guaranteed”
“The financial and practical support provided by the National Churches Trust helps many of UK’s churches, chapels and meeting houses continue to flourish at the heart of their communities by preserving their architecture and keeping their facilities up to date.”
“Everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK's churches and chapels by volunteering to help look after these precious buildings. If you’ve got practical skills you could help clear drains and gutters, if you are a good communicator you could help show people the history and architecture of a local church or you could simply be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for vandals or thieves. “
“Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too.”
Holy Trinity is a Grade II* Listed Edwardian Gothic Revival church, built between 1904 and 1914 to cathedral-like proportions. Designed by the Scottish architect Huon Matear, also known for the Neo-Classical façade of the Liverpool Cotton Exchange, its red brick facing and Westmoreland slate roofing is topped with gables and parapets of Portland stone.
Many of the elaborate internal decorative features are by the Arts and Crafts artists of the Bromsgrove Guild. These include an oak and marble chancel screen; an elaborately carved reredos, or altar screen; a black and white marble font.
The £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair and Community Grant will help to fund a project to guarantee the integrity of one of Southport’s most iconic buildings. On Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk’ Register since August 2014, urgent repairs are needed to the high level stone work and crumbling masonry on parapets, buttresses, and windows, which have already necessitated the closure of some paths around the building.
The acoustics of the building have enabled Holy Trinity’s development as a music venue. With an active cathedral standard choir, Holy Trinity also hosts touring orchestras, visiting choirs, and recitals. The goal is to create a community venue with a thriving performing arts programme, for music, choral works, and theatre. To this end, the project will add toilets and a kitchen to improve the welcome that Holy Trinity offers to visitors, and extend its community use locally and regionally.