Holy Trinity Sloane Square, London

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#109 of 263 in Historic Sites in London
Holy Trinity Sloane Street is a London Anglican parish church, built in 1888 - 90 at the south-eastern side of Sloane Street to a striking Arts and Crafts design by the architect John Dando Sedding at the cost of the 5th Earl Cadogan, in whose London estate it lay. It replaced an earlier building only half its size which, at the time of its demolition, was less than 60 years old.
Original buildingThe first church on the site was a Gothic construction of 1828 - 30 designed by James Savage, built in brick with stone dressings. The west front, towards the street, had an entrance flanked by octagonal turrets topped with spires. Its seating capacity was recorded as 1,450 in 1838 and 1,600 in 1881. It was originally intended as chapel of ease to the new parish church of St Luke, but was given its own parish, sometimes known as Upper Chelsea, in 1831. It was closed and demolished in 1888, and a temporary iron church with a capacity of 800 was provided in Symons Street while a new building was under construction.
Present buildingThe new building, the present Holy Trinity, was built on a grand scale to a design by John Dando Sedding. Though not the longest church in London it was the widest, exceeding St Paul's Cathedral by 9in. The internal fittings were the work of leading sculptors and designers of the day, including F. W. Pomeroy, H. H. Armstead, Onslow Ford and Hamo Thornycroft. Sedding died in 1891 (his memorial can be seen on the north wall in the Lady Chapel) and Henry Wilson took charge of the project to complete the interior decoration of the building to the original design. In part, he failed, for some of the glass was never installed, nor was the important addition of a frieze beneath the high windows even attempted. Some of the internal sculpture or carving is still incomplete. In the 1920s the interior was whitened by F. C. Eden, lightening the character and feel of the building considerably.
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  • This one doesn't get the reviews like the more famous churches/cathedrals and it wasn't one I ad particularly planned to see but I'm glad I did. It is a beautiful church with amazing stained-glass...  more »
  • This is without doubt one of the most beautiful churches in London. Done in the Arts and Crafts style it is full of the most glorious stained glass. Real atmosphere of holiness as well. Definitely...  more »
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  • I think the local community would have a great deal more respect and admiration for this church and its supporters if they would review their procedure for ringing the bells. It is completely unnecessary and certainly not community minded to ring the tuneless bell for 20 minutes at a nuisance noise level twice every day. Shame on them.
  • Set on an unusually wide footprint, this mashup of Victorian Gothic and Arts &Crafts elements with the facade banding, a distinctive presence. The cavernous interior features stained glass windows created by the leading doyens and luminaries of the day. Embellished with a decorum of ecclesiastical sculptures, memorials and accoutrements An ongoing liturgical musical tradition here augmented by a vigorous programme of recitals, concerts, festivals and events.

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