Holy Trinity Church Wicker Sheffield

Holy Trinity Church

Photo taken Sunday 10th June 2007

Holy Trinity Church  Centenary Booklet (1848-1948) 

From the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, 14th October, 1848

"The rite of Consecrating and Dedicating the Church of Holy Trinity, recently erected at the corner of Johnson Street and Nursery Street, Wicker was performed yesterday (Friday) by his Grace the Archbishop of York. The admission was by ticket, and so great was the interest excited that the applications was double the number the building would accommodate.

The Wicker district, for the dense population of which this Church has been erected, to provide a more ready and convenient access to the public ministrations of the Established Church, is one of the new parishes constituted by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The Edifice, the first stone of which was laid by Joseph Wilson, Esq., on 30th June, 1847, and which, including the site, has cost six thousand pounds has been entirely built by the Christian bounty of the Misses Harrison of Weston, to whose piety and munificence Sheffield and the neighbourhood are indebted for the foundation and advancement of many pious and benevolent works.

The style and architecture is the plain early-English. The exterior is has little of novelty to commend it, the Misses Harrison having dictated to their architects, Messrs Flockton, Lee and Flockton, an exact copy of the church at Attercliffe. The area and galleries will accommodate one thousand persons. The internal dimensions are 65 feet by 47 feet 6 inches, height to the square of the roof 30 feet, from the floor to the roof 45 feet, chancel 20 feet by 10 feet 6 inches, besides staircase, vestry and entrance. The material of which the church is built is Wadsley gritstone for quoins, jambs and arches, filled with coursed wallstone from Green Moor quarries.

The building is endowed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, who have vested the patronage in the hands of the Misses Harrison, the benevolent founders of the church. The living has been bestowed on the Rev. William Bruce, former incumbent of Wadsley, whose talent and zeal peculiarly fit him for the appointment. The books for the reading desk and pulpit were given by the S.P.C.K.

The pews have been extensively taken, and at present few sittings remain unoccupied, except those which are free.

The Archbishop arrived in Sheffield on Thursday and became the guest of the Misses Harrison, at whose residence at Weston several clergymen and gentry had the honour of dinning with His Grace. The 24th Psalm was repeated as the Archbishop, Archdeacon and Clergy proceeded up the aisle to the communion table. At the conclusion of the Service, an appropriate sermon was preached by Rev. W. Bruce from verses 16 and 17 of Psalm 90. The Service concluded, the Archbishop walked in procession to the grounds attached to the church, which was then consecrated by His Grace.

Afterwards, His Grace partook of some refreshment in the vestry and then walked, in company with the Rev. W. Bruce to the Midland Railway Station where he took his departure for Bishopthorpe Palace.

The morning collection amounted to sixty four pounds, eight shillings and ten pence.

Sheffield History Forum

From Sheffield Telegraph dated 9th May 1936

In May 2016 I was contacted by a current member member of the Church - it is now called The New Testament Church of God. I was asked if I could verify if there had been a graveyard and/or burials at the Church. I replied that I'm afraid I had no knowledge of any graveyard being on the site. I thought that it would be highly unlikely for two reasons. One it's very close proximity to the river and two, the "disquiet" about the state and condition of city churchyards at that time. Having said that there may have been special dispensation given for a person or family closely associated to the church to be buried either in the church or within its precincts. Again I have no knowledge of this happening at Holy Trinity.

However afterwards I was rather puzzled and so I did some research and found out that there had been a graveyard at the site but only for a short time. A total of nine burials took place in July and November 1859. It appears that the graveyard at Holy Trinity was opened and then closed after 9 burials because it was decided to use the land for a school building. There is no indication to date to say whether or not the graves were relocated elsewhere. If not they will still be under the school building    

The names of the nine burials are 

Surname                    Forename Title Day Mmonth     Year Aged     Abode 

BROCKLEHURST  Joseph                06     Jul             1859     73         21 Johnson St  
GREAVES                Septimus             21     Aug           1859     60         7 Nursery Lane  
HILL                         John                    13     Nov            1859     6w        Andrew St  
KILNER                   Thomas               04     Sep            1859     3           40 Marcus St  
OSGATHORPE       James                 15      Jul             1859     43         23 Stone St  
PRIDDON                James                 29     Aug            1859     65         Walker St  
SAMPSON               Jane                    18     Oct             1859     8           26 Joiner Lane  
SCOTT                     Ann Elizabeth      5      Sep             1859     14m     11 Stockton St  
TATUM                    William              26      Aug            1859     48         20 Spital Fields 


Sheffield History Forum

Holy Trinity Church  Centenary Booklet (1848-1948) 

Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, 14th October, 1848

Sheffield Telegraph dated 9th May 1936

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