Save the date and come along to the Holy Trinity Church and enjoy the historic sites.
Heritage Open Days Thur 6– Sun 9 September 2018
The church is open throughout Heritage Open Day weekend:
Thursday & Friday – 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Saturday – 11am to 5pm. Tours of the church from 2pm. Refreshments available.
Sunday – 1 to 5pm. From 2 pm there will be tours of the church and the bell tower will be open. Refreshments available.
The oldest part of the church was built in the late 12th-century. The nave, the font and a stone coffin survive from this period, the remainder being mostly early 14th-century, with the chancel and Lady Chapel partly rebuilt in the 18th-century.
The ‘Penn Doom’, which is a rare 15th-century painting of the ‘Last Judgement’ on oak panels 12 feet wide, is in place above the chancel arch. It has twice been on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Leaflets and postcards of it are on sale.
There is also an attractive arrangement of 14th-century Penn floor tiles set into the floor of the Lady Chapel as part of a millennium project.
Heraldic shields in the roof portray nine centuries of English history. Also in the church are the family monuments to the Penns, Curzons and Howes. Six of William Penn’s (the Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania) grandchildren are buried in a large family vault under the centre of the nave. There is also a plaque commemorating three sons of the parish clerk who tragically died within months of each other during the Second World War.
An illustrated leaflet outlining the history of the church will be on sale with other historical booklets.