Holy Trinity Church Holy Trinity Church

History of the church

The Birth of Holy Trinity
Newspaper Reports
The 1840 church
The church enlarged
Royal Arms
Past Incumbents
The Living
360 degree view in church

The birth of Holy Trinity Church

Tansley Village lies 2 miles from Matlock on the A615 Matlock to Alfreton road in Derbyshire, England. It is a rural village with just over 1000 names on the voter’s register. Years ago the main occupations were farming and quarrying although there were cotton mills in the nearby Lumsdale Valley. Today there are no more working mills and quarries but there are many light industries with six Garden Centres within half a mile of the village!
Holy Trinity Church from the south-west
Holy Trinity Church stands on a slight rise near the centre of the village and was built in 1839 and consecrated in 1840. Prior to that date, Tansley was in the Parish of Crich. In a petition, the parishioners of the time felt that “ ........ the hamlet of Tansley contains a population of upwards of 500 souls and is distant from the Parish Church of four miles and that it is extremely inconvenient for the inhabitants of the said hamlet to attend divine service in the said Parish Church of Crich, and in order to provide some church accommodation and aid for spiritual wants of the people residing therein considerable funds have been raised by voluntary contributions together with other grants of money to erect a chapel.”
The ‘chapel’ was designed by John Mason of Derby and built from stone quarried in the local Fox Holes and Knowle quarries. In order to defray expenses, ten local inhabitants promised to pay a total of 29 for the carriage of stone. The charges were to be 1 shilling (5p) per load for a one-horse cart and man and 1 shilling and 8 pence (8p) for a two-horse cart and man from Fox Holes quarry and 7 pence (3p) and 1 shilling (5p) respectively from Knowle quarry. A one-horse cart had to be not less than 16 hundredweights (812 kg) and a two-horse cart not less that 30 hundredweights (1524 kg).
Interior of the original chapel
The church was smaller and much plainer than it is now as the North aisle was added 30 years later. From the plans of the church, it appears that the pulpit was of the double-decker type. There were seats for 230 people. The first eight rows were “paid seats” and were rented by parishioners to provide a stipend for the minister. These pews were closed with doors.
The remaining nine rows (120 seats) to the rear were free for the use of the poor.
Music was provided by a small orchestra situated in a small singing gallery built into the tower at the west end of the church.