Holy Trinity, Coalbrookdale

Our beautiful church is now open every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.   The National Lottery Heritage Fund provided us with a generous grant to showcase the amazing heritage of our church and it's links to Abraham Darby and the world-famous industry in the Ironbridge Gorge.                                                                                                     Do come and find out about the church's history and the amazing people who have featured in it's rich heritage.   You can follow the family-friendly heritage trail, relax in the new Community Room or simply spend a moment or two in peaceful, quiet reflection, or outside on a bench and enjoy the view across the dale.

 

We are proud of our strong links with the Gorge Museums; Coalbrookdale Church is just a short walk from the fascinating sites of Enginuity and the Museum of Iron.

Location

Church Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7NS

About

The Jewel of the Dale

Endowed in 1851 by Abraham Darby IV, with a superbly decorated chancel ceiling, fine stained glass windows including rare 16th century flemish depiction of The Last Supper.   Look up and see historic stone carvings.   Walk down the centre isle and see individually carved wooden pew ends with iron gates.   Near the entrance is a Harrison & Harrison 3 manual pipe organ and as you leave look above the heavy wooden door and see the monument to Captain Webb.

 

In the year 1851 there was no such parish as Coalbrookdale, although the name of the village was famous in many parts of the world by reason of the renowned ironworks; the village of Coalbrookdale was originally part of the parish of Madeley. The earliest record of worship in the Dale is found at the time of the rebuilding of Madeley Parish Church in 1794-7; at that time a room at the Coalbrookdale British Boys’ School (provided by the Coalbrookdale Company) was used for Sunday worship and the administration of the sacraments. In 1850 a room in the school was licensed for church worship and became the first formal Anglican church in the village.

In 1845 the parish of St. Luke, Ironbridge, was created from part of Madeley and, on the 25th July 1851, the parish was again divided to form the parish of Holy Trinity, Coalbrookdale, taking also some land from the neighbouring parish of Dawley Magna.

Abraham Darby IV had been baptized an Anglican at Little Wenlock in 1849 and promised to endow the new parish with £100 a year. With the support of the Darbys a new church was planned. The foundation stone was laid by Abraham’s wife, Matilda Frances, on 11th December 1851 and the completed building was consecrated by the Bishop of Hereford on 25th July 1854.

Church Guide

A comprehensive guide to this church can be dowloaded below.

Holy Trinity Coalbrookdale - Church Guide
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