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The Grade I Holy Trinity - one of Sunderland’s most significant historic buildings – is at risk of being lost. Since it was vested with The Churches Conservation Trust in 1988, over half a million pounds has been spent on its conservation. Despite this investment the church is now on Historic England’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ Register.

The church is not only significant because of its importance in community and public life, but also for its architecture. It is a striking Georgian building, one of the finest in the North East, and combines skills from local artists and makers.

conswervation workThe project will:

- Repair and rejuvenate the fabric of the building, making it accessible once again
- Remember and tell the stories of Old Sunderland through the stories of the people that came through its doors each day
- Create craft skills apprenticeships for local people, opening up employment opportunities in the heritage sector.

"This is one of the finest churches in the North East of England, but in real need of conservation and adaptation. We cannot wait to re-launch it as the Canny Space – and all just in time for its 300th birthday!"


Loyd Grossman, former Chair of The Churches Conservation Trust


The Canny Space is the working project name for Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2BB.

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