Sunderland SOS

Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Holy Trinity, Old Sunderland’s landmark historic church is collapsing.

Grade I listed, on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register, Holy Trinity has been nominated as one of the '7 Most Endangered' buildings in Europe.

Masonry is crumbling, plasterwork is crashing from the ceilings and the timber structure is rotting. The situation is at crisis point. Structural works are urgently needed to prevent collapse.

Wartime bombing and peacetime planning have left Holy Trinity as one of the very few original buildings in the historical centre of Old Sunderland. Cut off from the heart of today’s city by a busy road, this handsome building of local, national and international significance is all but forgotten.

We want to rescue this building from the brink.


Repairing the structure is just the start. Our project to establish Canny Space, will transform Holy Trinity into a cultural venue where the civic confidence of the past inspires the vibrancy of young local talent. It will create a future which resonates with the cultural pride of the past.

Sunderland-born Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics fame, has joined Canny Space as Creative Director. Dave is certain that this building can play a part in the future of Sunderland’s young people.

Together with partners including Sunderland City Council, The Cultural Spring and Sunderland University, we want to place Holy Trinity – Canny Space – at the centre of the city’s vibrant growing arts and culture sector.

Please help us save Holy Trinity before it’s too late.

Find out more about the project