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Trinity Methodist Church

Case study: Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0LX (South East)

List entry number: 1386813

Trinity Methodist Church place of worship at risk
Trinity Methodist Church, Southsea, Portsmouth

Background and history

Trinity Methodist Church is a 1901 building designed by local architect and builder RJ Winnicott. It is constructed of red and grey bricks in English bond with stone decorative details and slate covered roofs.

It stands on the main thoroughfare of Albert Road, and is the principle Methodist church for central Southsea, the 19th century 'resort' suburb of Portsmouth. It was built to replace a smaller timber framed, corrugated iron structure. The main worship space has a very fine interior. The church is blessed with plentiful ancillary accommodation, which the congregation put to good use.

However, there are problems with maintenance, and elements of the fabric coming to the end of their useful life. This has resulted in water penetration through the roofs and masonry and damage to internal finishes. Grant aid has been offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards repairing this damage.

Is it at risk?

Yes. Trinity Methodist Church was added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year.

Water penetration issues are mainly concentrated around the south end of the building. They relate to the highly decorative and impressive road-facing elevation and campanile style bell tower. Here water penetration is already beginning to damage decorative finishes, and rot structural elements.

Trinity Methodist Church place of worship at risk, interior
Main worship space, Trinity Methodist Church

What's the current situation?

A Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) 'Grants for Places of Worship' grant has been awarded. It is hoped that this will allow the congregation and their professional team to develop a project plan. The plan will address the water penetration problems and rectify the damage which has already occurred.

The development work to define the project for the HLF grant is now nearly complete. A successful second round grant application would see works begin on site by early 2016. This should result in the church's removal from the Heritage at Risk Register.

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