Holy Trinity Church Wallington is the historic parish church of Wallington. The building was completed in 1867, paid for mainly by Nathaniel Bridges, the Lord of the Manor. Built in memory of his father John, the church was designed by architect E. Loftus Brock and completed for the sum of £3,955. Read more.
The church has sought to serve the local community as part of the Church of England since its commission. Over the years, it has undergone several church plants and major building developments, served by eleven Vicars. See the names and read memories of 149 years of life at Holy Trinity below.
Wallington & Carshalton Newspaper, 29th Sept 1988
Former congregation members of Holy Trinity Church Wallington remember life in the church.
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B.S Fryer remembers Revd Richard Boyle (Vicar from 1880 to 1908)
“On A Sunday morning round about 10 o’clock a group of young people come together in the little classroom at the back of the old Parish Hall in Queens’s Road. The Rev. Richard Boyle…is there with Mrs Boyle. She sits down at the little wheezy harmonium and runs her fingers over the keys. The instrument responds with some weird noises whilst the lads and lassies attempt to control their mirth. Good, kindly Mr Boyle says: ‘It will be all right in a minute, Dears. The damp makes the notes stick.’ …the class gets under way, and the Vicar proceeds to expound to the young people, in his slow, precise way of speaking, the Collect and the Catechism.”
“Whenever I read Exodus 32:9…my mind goes back to the Holy Trinity Choir of my childhood. It was the end of the Edwardian era and the fashion in men’s clothes was slow to change…On a Sunday the well-dressed man wore, among other things, a frock-coat, a top hat and a high stiff collar. The higher and stiffer the collar, the more to be admired was the wearer, and I have known some of our former choirmen sing through the Sunday services wearing a stiffly-starched single collar of nearly 4 inches in height…. The [choir] boys in 1910 were no more little angles than they are now, in fact they were possibly slightly worse in their impish naughtiness. A favourite pastime then consisted of tying a long piece of black cotton to the knocker of the door of a house opposite the church in Manor Road, then while hiding behind the church fence, to pull the cotton so that the knocker banged loudly, much to the annoyance of the kindly lady of the house who answered the door only to find nobody there.” Anon.
Harry B. Bishop remembers…
“I joined the Parish Church when The O’Shea of Kerry was inducted in March 1923. His text for his first sermon was “Christ is All in all” (Col 3:11). He started The Young People’s Fellowship (Y.P.F) in October 1926. The programme in the early days consisted of a Sunday afternoon Service and a Monday evening gathering. This often took the form of a lantern lecture, a social or book evening. On one occasion the lecture was about The Pyramids and one wondered whether the lecture would last a long as The Pyramids themselves! …In December 1936, several Y.P.F members hurriedly left the hall, boarded a car and made headlong to watch the Crystal Palace burn down!”
Miss Phyllis Hargrove remembers…
In the 1920’s, “the Elm Gove Estate was developed and the Church decided to build a Mission Hall in Butter Hill…Major W.F. Pothecary was “a valued and loved friend to all who lived on the estate…He conducted a short evening service each Sunday in the Hall, which even Hitler’s bombing could not alter. War conditions caused Evening Prayer in the Churches to take place during daylight hours of the afternoon, on account of the blackout restrictions, but NOT at Elm Grove Hall! At the close of these little services the following questions were put to the people…’Are we all here? – Yes, in God’s care. Of what then are we afraid? – We are afraid of nothing…”
Elizabeth Rhodes remembers…
While the Trinity Centre was being built , the builders let me into to site to take pictures of the whole process – from beginning to end. I think the most spectacular part of the build was when the Cross (which is part of the entry doors to the Centre) was being lowered into place by a huge crane – passing over the Vicarage and Centre against a wonderful blue sky – what a wonderful sight.
1867-1879. John Williams
1880-1908. Richard Boyle
1908-1923. George Irwin
1923-1935. George Jackson
1935-1940. Howard Banister
1940-1954. Robert Bren
1954-1961. Frank Colquhoun
1962-1974. David Thompson
1975-1986. Norman Issberner
1987-2003. David Lewis
2005-2017. Stephen Coe