Building record MDR13494 - Holy Trinity Church, Newbold Road, Chesterfield

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The church was built in 1838 by Thomas Johnson (1794-1865), architect of Lichfield. An early engraving of the interior shows box pews and 3-sided gallery. It was altered internally in 1889 by Samuel Rollinson (1827¬-91), architect of Chesterfield, who added the organ chamber and probably removed the gallery. The choir vestry was added in 1938. In 1994 the interior was re-ordered by removing the pews and closing off the west end of the nave. The church is the burial place of the distinguished railway engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848), whose wife worshipped here. A modern inscription describes him as "Railway Pioneer: First President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers". (1) According to White's Directory, on the 17th May, 1837, the first stone of Holy Trinity Church, Chesterfield, was laid by his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, who gave the land for the site. It is a neat Gothic structure with tower, surmounted with pinnacles, capable of accommodating 1,000 persons, and cost £3,300, of which sum £500 was obtained from the Diocesan Society and the rest raised by voluntary subscriptions: a considerable surplus was applied towards the endowment. The patronage is vested in trustees, the vicar of Chesterfield being one. The Rev. Alexander Poole is the incumbent. It constitutes an ecclesiastical district, the parishes of Chesterfield, Newbold, and Tapton, surrounding the church. (2) According to Bulmer's Directory, Holy Trinity Church was erected on Newbold Road in 1837. This edifice is a neat Gothic structure consisting of a very small chancel, nave, and a western tower. The latter is surmounted by an arcaded parapet with corner pinnacles, and contains a clock and one bell. The site was given by the Duke of Devonshire, and the total cost of erection was £3,700. In 1889 the sum of £1,500 church was expended in repairs and improvements. The organ was the gift of Dr. Hart, and cost £250. The chancel is lighted by three handsome stained glass windows, the central one being a memorial of George Stephenson, of railway celebrity. (3) According to Kelly's Directory, Holy Trinity church, at the north-west extremity of the town, erected in 1838, at a cost of £3,700, on a site given by William, 6th Duke of Devonshire K. G. is a plain but substantial building of stone, consisting of nave and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and one bell: in 1889 the church was restored, at a cost of £1,500, when the ceiling and galleries were removed, the timbers of the roof strengthened and decorated, an organ chamber built, the nave re-seated, and choir stalls erected: in this church lie the remains of the great engineer, George Stephenson, who died 12 Aug. 1848, and to whose memory a stained east window was placed in 1848: in 1894 the organ was restored and enlarged at a coat of £180, and in 1907 the interior was re-decorated at a cost of £200: there are 400 sittings, one-third being free. (4)

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  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: White, F & Co.. 1857. History, Gazetteer & Directory of the County of Derby. p 705.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. p 63.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Kelly, A L (ed.). 1912. Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire. p 100.



Grid reference Centred SK 3822 7161 (38m by 26m)

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Jul 27 2017 4:11PM

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