Paint Analysis at Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland

Croft, Paul and Croft, Paul (2019) Paint Analysis at Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland. Project Report. unpublished.

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Abstract

Holy Trinity is now redundant and under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church has fallen into significant disrepair and the CCT has appointed a local architect to lead a design team to redefine the use of the building, following a successful HLF grant application. This will become ‘The Canny Space’, providing a wider appeal as a new community, commercial performance venue and heritage attraction.
Holy Trinity is listed Grade I and therefore of exceptional interest and historical value. Constructed in 1719, possibly to a design by William Etty of York, it has survived for 3 centuries, largely in-tact with many of its early features, fixtures and fittings still surviving. In its heyday Holy Trinity had both secular and religious functions, with the current vestry once used as the Town Hall/Magistrates Court, with the town’s first library located in the room directly above. The council’s meeting table and library bookshelves still remain in situ.
An understanding of the historic decorative phases of the church from the early C18 onwards is key to its restoration and presentation. Lincoln Conservation were commissioned by the CCT to sample and analyse the paint schemes applied, broadly date them and provide a picture of how the interior spaces have evolved.

Keywords:conservation, Grade 1, Sunderland, Church, architectural paint research
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K250 Conservation of Buildings
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D445 Heritage Management
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:33513
Deposited On:19 Oct 2018 20:07

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