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Holy Trinity Church
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Location 41 Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Parish church
Dedication Holy Trinity
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 14 February 1985
Architect(s) William Wardell, with spire by Joseph Hansom
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1851–53, 1867 or 1871
Groundbreaking 1851 by Cardinal Wiseman
Completed 1853
Construction cost £20,000
Number of towers 1
Parish ragstone
Archdiocese Westminster

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church in Hammersmith, London W6. Its building is Grade II* listed

History and architecture

Cardinal Wiseman donated the land on which to build the church, and on 6 May 1851 he laid the foundation stone. It is built of Kentish ragstone and cost about £20,000 to complete. Helen, Countess Tasker, a benefactor of several Roman Catholic church and school projects, gave £4,000. The church was opened on 26 July 1853.

The architect was William Wardell, who designed the church in a Gothic Revival rendition of Decorated Gothic. It has north and south side aisles and the nave is lit by a clerestory. The nave and chancel have arch-braced roofs. The building has stained glass windows by John Hardman.

From the beginning, Holy Trinity served a growing Catholic community in the area, initially boosted by the Irish mass migrations to Great Britain.

In 1862 a school for girls and infants was built behind the church to designs by Joseph John Scoles. In 1894 the children were transferred to the nearby Sacred Heart School and the former school building became the parish rooms.

The church has a southwest tower, with a spire that was added later. Sources disagree as to whether the spire was added in 1867 or 1871. Most sources agree that it was designed by Joseph Hansom, although Nikolaus Pevsner originally attributed it to his brother Charles Francis Hansom.

The present presbytery was completed in 1964.

Holy Trinity today

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Inside the church, looking east to the chancel

Today Holy Trinity serves an ethnically diverse parish as the demographics of the parish change. There is a sizable French-speaking population because the church is near the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in nearby South Kensington. It is also used by the Syriac Catholic Church, who hold Mass here in Arabic and Aramaic on Sunday afternoons.

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