Feature - Holy Trinity Church

To celebrate Treasures Revealed in Leeds, we look at the secrets of a city centre church.
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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 8:58 pm

This month, to celebrate 'Treasures Revealed in Leeds', Secret Leeds takes our Dear Readers behind the scenes at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, taking advantage of the scaffolding on the tower, which is about to come down, to take you to places that few people will ever get to go.

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:03 pm


The Secret Leeds Team, risking life & limb for your edification & education.

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:05 pm


Holy Trinity Church, a Grade 1 listed building, was built between 1721 to 1727, architect William Etty of York (who also landscaped the eastern approach to Temple Newsam house). The construction of the church was paid for by local businessmen & merchants including the great Ralph Thoresby himself, the father of Leeds historians. The church was consecrated on August 10th 1727.

The picture above shows Holy Trinity with its original wooden spire, which was damaged by a ‘hurricane’ on January 7th, 1839, & later demolished. The spire was replaced by the new three stage stone spire, by architect Robert Chantrell (who also built the Parish Church).

It was current restoration to this tower which allowed the Secret Leeds team access to some of the Secret Places in this grand old building.

Picture from www.leodis.net.
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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:06 pm


Sound advice...

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:11 pm

Holy Trinity this week is taking part in Treasures Revealed in Leeds, a week of events to celebrate the city's rich spiritual heritage...

As part of the year long Celebrate Leeds 2007 festival, places of worship in and around Leeds are throwing open their doors and inviting you to celebrate the city's rich spiritual heritage. Whether you are interested in art and architecture, history and heritage or concerts and culture you'll find something to interest you in this week of events and activities.

Information on all events are available from www.treasuresrevealed.co.uk, or email us at munki72@gmail.com to get a copy of the brochure.

Whilst visting places of worship, collect four Treasures Revealed stickers to enter a free prize drawer to win a signed copy of the Pevsner Guide to Architecture - an essential book for all Secret Leeds Readers!
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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:17 pm


Through the church hall, up the narrowest wooden staircase in the world, we stand in the base of the church tower, with the favourite thing for every Secret Leeds fan to see, an open door into a tunnel...

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:20 pm

The roofspace directly over the nave, lit by about fifteen mag-lites provided by the marvellous Imprint Theatre Company (based at Holy Trinity). There are lightbulbs up there. They don't work.

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:23 pm

The view of the scaffold-covered tower from out on the roof.

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:24 pm

& the scaffolding around the base of the tower.

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Postby munki » Thu 10 May, 2007 9:30 pm

From this point, the only way to get higher up, was via the electric lift up the outside of the scaffolding. Not good for people without a head for heights, so our photographer stayed with the (relative) safety of the roof while we ascended the scaffolding.
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