The Holy Trinity Church was opened in 1719 as the church for the newly created Parish of Sunderland and served the local community until dwindling numbers forced its closure in 1988. It has since been in the ownership of the Churches Conservation Trust who have preserved this Grade 1 listed building for the local community.
In 2019 funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, All Churches Trust and the Churches Conservation Trust created the £4.3 million “The Canny Space” project. Historic Property Restoration Limited were selected as the preferred contractor to carry out this ambitious project to conserve and regenerate this hugely significant building.
This restoration project will incorporate significant repair works together with selective new internal building works, including repairs to the existing brickwork and stonework on the façade and within the building; repairs to the plasterwork within the church; redecoration of the interior of the church; repairs to the existing slate roof; replacement of existing mechanical and electrical services; and fabrication and installation of contemporary elements within the building.
The project will also create two Apprenticeship opportunities for two young individuals within the local community. They will work alongside the team of Craftsmen gaining experience in bricklaying, joinery and general maintenance. Giving people in an area of economic disadvantage life-changing skills through craft training programme funded by the All Churches Trust.
This regeneration project will see the church transformed into ‘The Canny Space’ a community venue for culture, heritage and learning, where the stories of Old Sunderland are brought to life through interpretation, events and performances.