Holy Trinity Parish Church

Grade 1 listed - the oldest building in Ilfracombe

Sundays: 8.00 am Said Eucharist, 9.15am Sung Eucharist accompanied by the organ and choir. Wednesdays: 10.00 am Said Eucharist. Fridays: 08.30 am Morning Prayer.

There has been a stone-built Christian place of worship on Holy Trinity’s site for more than 1,000 years. While most of the present church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries, parts date back to Norman and Saxon times. With its beautifully kept churchyard, Holy Trinity is a focal point of the town, open every day for people to visit, explore, sit quietly in, or attend the regular services.

Originally a separate building, the tower is the oldest part, dating back to 900-1000 AD. The lower portion is the remains of an earlier Saxon building. The font is a relic of the old Norman building, dating from about 1160 and still regularly used for Christenings.

A visitor looking up will see the 28 unique and architecturally important stone corbels in the nave. Grotesquely carved animals dating from the 14th Century, they originally supported the trusses on an earlier roof.

The extensive graveyard is maintained by the Holy Trinity Graveyard Group of local volunteers. Visitors are welcome to explore the church and graveyard, and attend any of the regular services.