Colton: Holy Trinity

Colton: Holy Trinity
Record Type:
Church code:
Westmorland & Furness

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is in the following National Park: Lake District National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Post Medieval

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607244 Colton Holy Trinity
Exterior image of 607244 Colton Holy Trinity
Photograph of the exterior of Holy Trinity church Colton taken 19 February 2015
Year / Date:
Basher Eyre
Basher Eyre

Summary Description

A typical and ancient Lakeland church, constructed of rubble masonry with a square tower, it is now unfortunately rendered with hard cement. Consecrated in 1578 and enlarged 25 years later, it has been much altered since; however, there is still evidence of the original building phase. . The straight-headed windows could be of that date and the roof timbers appear early and even show signs of re-use. The bowl of the Font is thought to come from an earlier Chapel on this site and dates from the 15th century. The timber communion rail is early eighteenth century and there is an ancient bell, hanging in the tower, dating to the fourteenth century. The bell is probably from Conishead Priory on its dissolution and is apparently of great interest to campanologists. There is also a silver chalice dated 1571, known as the Coulton Treasure, which was presented by Archbishop Edwin Sandys when he consecrated the church in 1578. A pitch-pipe still exists, often used to give the note when there was no organ. The church was thoroughly restored in 1890 when early pews and a three-decker pulpit were removed.

Visiting and Facilities

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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Basher Eyre (2015) Exterior image of 607244 Colton Holy Trinity [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607244 Colton Holy Trinity
Basher Eyre (2015) Interior image of 607244 Colton Holy Trinity [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 607244 Colton Holy Trinity
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 2010 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 1
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive [Archive/Graphic material]

Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 09383

Coverage - 1889-1890

Created by SETTLE & FARMER

Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 1 Bell [Archive/Index]
1 Bell