Church of Holy Trinity, Church Street East, Sunderland - Sunderland

Former parish church with west tower, in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust since 1988. Built 1718-19, with a rounded eastern apse added in 1735. The fabric of the building is deteriorating and there is some structural movement, particularly at the east end. A substantial grant was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2018 to repair the building and establish it as a new cultural venue ('The Canny Space'). Urgent temporary repairs were completed with Historic England funding in March 2016 to safeguard the building pending the implementation of The Canny Space project.

Church of Holy Trinity, Church Street East, Sunderland - Sunderland
© Churches Conservation Trust

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF HOLY TRINITY
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1208056
  • Local Planning Authority: Sunderland
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of Holy Trinity
  • Street Name: Church Street East
  • County: Tyne and Wear
  • District / Borough: Sunderland
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Sunderland Central
  • Region: North East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: D
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)
  • Designation: Listed Building grade I, CA