Holy Trinity Church in Kingston upon Hull is a pretty spectacular place. If you are looking for a location for interior architecture photography in Hull then look no further. I photographed this church on a couple of occasions before but I always had it earmarked to re-visit in better light. I knew I had a flying visit to the city centre and on the off chance I had some time to kill I packed the camera. I did make a quick call to the church the day before my arrival out of courtesy and to ask a few questions. It's not mandatory that you let them know you are planning to visit and take pictures but it is common courtesy and also gives you a heads up on any events that might be happening during your visit, the last thing you would want is to arrive in the middle of maintenance project or even a ceremony!
This church is pretty significant in Hull's history and the people of Hull are generally proud of this fine building. William Wilberforce was christened here and we all know of his importance to the city. He was christened in the font by the main entrance in September 1759 and this font still sits in the same position today. Holy Trinity played a special role in my life and I take pride knowing I was christened in the same font as Wilberforce some 223 years after his baptism which doesn't seem a lot in the grand scheme of things.
I arrived to be greeted by an official Holy Trinity 'welcomer' who is a very pleasant and informative chap who undertook his role with great professionalism as well as having a good old chinwag. The knowledge he has of this unique building is a great asset and I spent a good 10-15 minutes discussing Wilberforce and George Peck as well as the many stained glass windows and the fisherman's memorial.
The chuch is home to the aforementioned fisherman's memorial and serves as a peaceful place to remember those who gave their life to the fishing industry which is such a large part of Hull's history and heritage. George Peck was a local craftsman, he hand carved the pew designs and sculptures in the church and I was told a lesser known story of the self portrait carving in one of the pews that George carved. It has him proudly playing the violin and is a rather quirky little sculpture but one of great detail
. The carving can be seen below in the pictures that follow as well as the aisles and that special font. If you are in the area please do drop in, there is also a little café and a small craft stall to browse. For more information on the church visit their website at http://www.holytrinityhull.com/
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