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Holy Trinity Platt Church

Holy Trinity Platt Church
Holy Trinity Church, Rusholme
Holy Trinity Platt Church from the south
Holy Trinity Platt Church is located in Greater Manchester
Holy Trinity Platt Church
Holy Trinity Platt Church
Location in Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SJ 851,948
Location Platt Lane, Rusholme, Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Evangelical
Website .org.plattchurchwww
Dedication Holy Trinity
Consecrated 26 June 1846
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 18 December 1963
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1845
Completed 1912
Spire height 170 feet (52 m)
Materials Terracotta, slate roof
Parish Holy Trinity at Rusholme
Deanery Hulme
Archdeaconry Manchester
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Steve James
Reader(s) Peter Capon, David Poole
Isabel Turley
Churchwarden(s) Rob Turley
Richard Lander

Holy Trinity Platt Church (also known as Holy Trinity Church, Rusholme), is located in Platt Fields Park in Rusholme, Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Hulme, the archdeaconry of Manchester, and the diocese of Manchester.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[2] It is the second "pot church" designed by Edmund Sharpe, so-called because the main building material used in the construction of the church is terracotta.[3]


The church was built in 1845–46 to a design by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe. It was built for Thomas Carrill Worsley of Platt Hall. The Worsley family chapel had been Platt Chapel, but this had become a Unitarian chapel early in the 19th century. Thomas Worsley planned to build an Anglican church, but in this he was in competition with a neighbour, a Mr Anson of Birch Hall, to build the first Anglican church in the area. Anson built St James' Church in Danes Road, Rusholme, but Worsley arranged for Holy Trinity to be consecrated before its building was complete. Worsley chose the dedication to the Holy Trinity to show his opposition to the Unitarians.[3] The church cost £4,000 (£340,000 in 2015)[4] (excluding the stained glass), and when built it could accommodate between 650 and 700 people.[5]

Sharpe's first "pot church" had been St Stephen and All Martyrs' Church, Lever Bridge. The terracotta for the body of this church was supplied, as before, by the Ladyshore Coal and TerraCotta Company, which was owned by Sharpe's brother-in-law, John Fletcher. However there was a dispute with Fletcher about the costs; Fletcher supplied the terracotta for the body of the church, but the material for the spire was provided by a different manufacturer, Fletcher's brother-in-law, Edmund Peel Willock.[3][6] The church was consecrated on 26 June 1846 by Rt Revd John Bird Sumner, Bishop of Chester, although the spire was not completed until 1850.[6] The terracotta for the spire proved to be inferior to Fletcher's material, and the spire had to be replaced in 1912. In 1966–67 a church hall was built and attached to the east wall of the church.[3]



The tall spire of a church seen through parkland
Spire of Holy Trinity Platt Church

Terracotta is used as the facing material for both the interior and the exterior of the church.[3] It is made to imitate stone, even to the use of masons' marks. The roof is in slate. The architectural style of the church is Decorated.[2] Its plan consists of a five-bay nave with a clerestory, a southwest steeple, north and south aisles, a two-bay chancel, a west porch, and a south porch contained in the tower.[2][3] The tower is in three stages with angle buttresses and it has a south doorway. Its middle stage contains three-light windows with crocketted gables, above which are paired bell openings. The summit of the tower has an embattled parapet and corner pinnacles. On the tower is a tall octagonal spire supported by flying buttresses. The west window of the church has four lights, and the east window has five lights containing elaborate tracery.[2]


Internally, terracotta is used even for the piers of the arcades. The font is in stone and has an octagonal bowl. The stained glass in the chancel forms a memorial to the Worsley family and dates from 1849–50. In the north aisle is a window dated 1871 with glass made by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester,  
  2. ^ a b c d  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew;  
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon:  
  6. ^ a b Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes, pp. 258–270 
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