Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Address: Church Street East, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2BB
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Often open but please call 0191 565 4835 in advance of your visit
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A bright and beautiful city church

This handsome brick and stone church was built in 1718-19, perhaps designed by William Etty, who certainly played a part in fitting out the interior.

Then in a quiet situation on the edge of a lively and vigorous port; now, again, it is surrounded by open spaces.

In 1735 the apse and its 'Venetian' window were added, the west gallery and a new roof in about 1803, but many of the 1719 furnishings remain.

The interior is brightly lit through large clear windows and has many appealing features:

  • the striking baroque chancel arch;
  • an elegant font with a richly ornamented cover;
  • west end stalls for constables, overseers and sidesmen;
  • the fine memorial to the Revd Robert Gray (1838).

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Road directions

Off High Street East

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Sunderland (0.6 miles) and Seaburn (1.6 miles)

OS Reference No.

NZ 406 572

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Comments

  1. Mrs Pauline Poustie (23 Jun 2011, 15:10)

    I visited this church a while ago as I am researching my family tree and I am sure that most of my Simpson family had links with this church as they lived at 28 Church Street from 1851 to 1871, I would love to know if any of this family were buried there,etc.

  2. John Wilkins (03 Sep 2013, 21:27)

    I've been researching family history around this church from the early 18th Century, and for earlier than that, Bishopwearmouth church (now the Minster). In particular, the surnames Newby and Willson (or Wilson, sometimes), and eventually, the use of the name 'Newby' as a male forename, as in 'Newby Wilson'. It's very complex, apparently, and difficult to make out which 'Newby' or 'Willson' names are those in direct line ... I know my paternal great-grandfather was married here in 1866.
    My father's family, especially his grandmother's side, seem to have been, in one way or another, connected with the Hendon area for many years.

  3. Sue Collins (27 Jan 2014, 14:38)

    Most of my ancestors worshiped at this church, back to the date of its foundation. I haven't lived in Sunderland for many years, but when we visit we stay with a lady very interested in family history and also local history. She arranged for us to have an individual tour by one of the people who now run the church. It is very beautiful and quite unusual, being from the early Georgian period. It is such a pity that it is no longer used as a living church. It is well worth a visit - but phone or email in advance as it is already manned.

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Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is a slight step into the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.