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In 1809 the British Parliament gave money to build a new Anglican Church. Construction started with the church situated in the middle of what is now Woodford Square. The new building had progressed as far as the completion of the walls, but because of public outcry, governor Sir Ralph Woodford joined in the condemnation and had it pulled down.

New plans were prepared by the governor’s secretary and the cornerstone to the present Cathedral was laid in May 1816. The building was completed in 1818 and consecrated on 30 May 1823.

There were originally six bells beside the clock bell, mounted on wheels and ropes which nobody knew how to ring. Only one of the original six bells remain. The bell tower was damaged in the earthquake of 1825 and the bells only replaced in 1881. The present pulpit was originally intended for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, but arrived damaged and rejected, it was later repaired by George de Silva and presented to the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The span of the roof were supported by hammer beams of carved mahogany, high among cathedrals roofs in the world. There are six magnificent stained glass windows over the altar. There is a full sized marble statue of and as a tribute to Sir Ralph Woodford.

The interior arrangements now are very different to what it originally was, and can accommodate 1,200 people as opposed to the original 550.

Other Known Name: Holy Trinity Cathedral

Address: 30A Abercromby Street

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Private

Public Accessibility: Limited Access

Listing Status: Stage 4 – Preparation of Dossier for Heritage Site

Cultural Community:

Site Features: Places of Worship

 

Address:

30A Abercromby Street, Port of Spain