Tulse Hill: Holy Trinity and St Matthias
Lambeth South Deanery
Revd Richard Dormandy (Vicar)
Holy Trinity Vicarage
49 Trinity Rise
London SW2 2QP
Tel: 020 8674 6721
10.30am Holy communion/All age worship (with crèche, Sunday School and youth meeting)
6.00 pm Youth church
(second Sunday of the month)
Facilities: Disabled access, toilets, disabled toilet, crèche, induction loop, large print books
Further details of all Sunday and weekday services and activities may be obtained from the parish contacts
Tradition: Open Evangelical
Patron: Simeon Trustees / Peache Trustees
Population (2001 census): 11,029
Urban Priority Area: Yes
Deanery: Lambeth South
Episcopal Area: Kingston
Diocesan Record Office: London Metropolitan Archives
We are a very mixed congregation with a strong family feel worshipping in a beautifully refurbished church and set in a large, diverse parish. We have strong links with Holy Trinity CE School. We run a weekday parent and toddlers group, have a large Sunday School and are developing a Sunday evening youth fellowship. Our service on the first Sunday of every month is 'All Age' and a good taster of Christianity/church for those not familiar with more formal orders of worship. We employ a youth worker and two part-time community workers who represent "the church in the community". We try to foster involvement in mission, justice issues, discipleship both locally and in the broader context.
Built: 1855 - 56
Architect: Thomas Denville Barry
Listing: grade 2
Holy Trinity Church was built in 1855/6 to the design of Thomas Denville Barry (1815 - 1905: an Irishman who came to England in 1845 and was the City Surveyor at Norwich and Liverpool), on land provided from the estate of Jonah Cresingham, in accordance with the wishes of petitions made between 1854 - 1856 and granted by the Bishop of Southwark.
The Church was consecrated in 1856 and is described in Clarke's Parish Churches of London - as being built in a "decadent fourteenth century style with squeezed up windows and too much naturalistic foliage" ; it is also noted that a condition made upon the design, was that there should be "no internal supports".
The church consists of a large clear span nave with symmetrical north and south transepts and a semi-octagonal apse/chancel at the east end, having an organ chamber fitted into its north east junction with the nave, a clergy vestry fitted into its south east junction with the nave, a north tower on the west side of the junction of the north transept with the nave and a turret on the north side of the west end.
Principal accesses are via a west door lobby, which enters a central narthex, with toilets on either side and tea bar and store, formed under a west gallery - extending for almost one bay width of the nave; and via a north porch lobby at the base of the tower, which is surmounted by a broach spire.
The undercroft under the chancel, south transept, part of the nave and the organ, accommodates a parish room/chapel, youth room, toilet equipped for the disabled etc. and store.
The church is built of solid load bearing brickwork, founded on traditional stepped spread footings, faced externally with Kentish ragstone squared random rubble to main wall areas, with dressed bath stone to the spire, copings, piers, buttresses, window and door surrounds and quoins.