Holy Trinity is a magnificent, vibrant place of worship, offering a welcoming Christian presence in the heart of Hull’s Old Town.
We also seek to preserve and celebrate Hull’s rich history while also playing a vital role in the life of the city today and into the future.
Nowhere is more essential to visit than Holy Trinity to appreciate fully the heritage of Hull. Indeed, it has been said that Hull’s history is written in its walls.
Late in the 13th Century when Edward I granted the former settlement of Wyke a Royal Charter and re-named it Kings Town upon Hull, he planned a new fortified town and, amid its grid-like streets, a massive church – Holy Trinity. So this church is as old as the city itself.
Holy Trinity has witnessed Hull’s terrors and triumphs. It was divided during the English Civil War, bombed in the First World War and, miraculously, spared in Hull’s nightmare Blitz of World War Two.
Today Holy Trinity stands proud as England’s largest parish church and a repository of so much of Hull’s extraordinary heritage. Hull’s greatest son, the abolitionist William Wilberforce, was baptised in the font which is still used regularly for Christenings; the 17th poet Andrew Marvell worshipped here; and the church is proud to be home to tributes to the city’s war dead and some of the many thousands from Hull lost at sea.
Our history is amazing, but so too is what is happening to ensure Holy Trinity is as relevant now to the life of Hull as it has ever been.
Not many years ago our congregations had dwindled, but now Holy Trinity has revived. Our services are swelled by newcomers; we are reaching out to the community in new ways; and this majestic building has found new uses as a place for concerts and cultural events, even beer festivals!
Holy Trinity is an amazing gift from our forebears and one that we are determined to treasure and pass on to future generations.
Hull’s history is contained within these grand walls and huge stained-glass windows, but we want this amazing space to be at the centre of the city’s life today and into the future, as a gathering place and a beacon of renewal ... just as Edward I imagined it would be.
We invite people to step through the doors of Holy Trinity to experience and appreciate a place without equal in the great city of Hull.
Our story is Hull’s story – past, present and future. We would be delighted to share it with you.
– Revd Canon Dr Neal Barnes, vicar of Holy Trinity