Trinity Church was consecrated in September 1829, the first stone having been laid on 17th August 1827. The architect was Mr. Decimus Burton and the builder was Mr Barrett of Tunbridge Wells.
The building originally cost £12,000.
The stone used for its construction was obtained from Calverley Quarry, stone which was used for many other buildings in the town. Apparently this quarry was the only one in Kent or Sussex named as producing stone fit to be used for the Houses of Parliament.
Here is a contemporary print of the building. The tower was designed without a clock face on the east side (facing the town) , which was later mounted at the top of the louvered opening as seen in the photograph above.
Here is Church Road as it appeared in 1840, just 11 years after the building was consecrated, from "Tunbridge Wells as it was" by Jean Mauldon.
The next view is from the 1898 Pelton's Guide to Tunbridge Wells.
This building is no longer a church, but the home to the successful Trinity Arts Centre. Following its closure it's ministry was merged with Christ Church.
There are images of Church Road and Holy Trinity Church in my Postcard Album, including an interior shot and a view from the tower.
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