Holy Trinity Church, which is the church depicted on the village sign for Coates in Cambridgeshire, is a church I nearly walked away from. I had taken my photos of the village sign, and the chapel that sits on the green, but could I be bothered to walk across the green to the church. The building is clearly Victorian, and as there are hundreds of Medieval churches for me to explore, I have to draw the line somewhere. But the sun was shining, and I didn’t really want to get back in the car, I ambled across to have a closer look. There was a large sign outside with ‘Church Open, Welcome’, well, after a month of many closed and locked churches, I was going in no matter what age the church was.
Inside I found a quite a pleasant interior for a Victorian church, from the wide open door, the church had a very welcoming feeling, and I found a lovely stained glass window with a wonderful squirrel, plus some nice slender arches that made the visit worthwhile. I then had a wander through the churchyard, and I found an interesting old building to one side, not sure if this was the old rectory, you can see it the photos. I found some details of the church, and I then realised that the shaped had puzzled me, until I read it described as basilica shaped, I am so used to Medieval churches, that it is good to see something different now and again.
Details – ‘Holy Trinity sits on the extensive village green of Coates, a Victorian outpost of the small town at Whittlesey. It was built in 1840, in faux-Norman style – a simple basilica built of local yellow bricks, with aisles added later in 1874 and 1890’
The church looks well cared for and much used, with services being held every week, which can only be a good thing.