Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York

Holy Trinity Church, on Goodramgate in York, is a Grade I listed[1] former parish church in the Church of England in York[2] and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[3]

Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York
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Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York
Coordinates: 53°57′41.26″N 1°4′49.09″W / 53.9614611°N 1.0803028°W / 53.9614611; -1.0803028
Previous denominationChurch of England
DedicationHoly Trinity
Heritage designationGrade I listed[1]


The church dates from the 12th century. The south east chapel is 13th century, and the south aisle and south arcade date from the 14th century.

It was enlarged in 1823 when the north side was rebuilt. The south porch was added in 1849. The condition of the building was poor by 1882[4] and regular worship was suspended for over 50 years until 1937 when restoration work was completed.[5] The oak rafters were renewed and the roof was restored. The pier supporting the arches between the nave and north aisle were underpinned with concrete, and the decaying stonework on the south aisle walls was renewed.

Parish statusEdit

The church was declared redundant on 29 June 1971, and was vested in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust on 7 November 1972.[6] A restoration was carried out between 1973 and 1974.


    Interior of Holy Trinity showing the Box Pews.
    Frances Graham (d. 1721)
  • James Robert Fryer (d. 1840)
  • Revd. James Dallin (d. 1838)
  • Joseph Smith (d. 1827)
  • Joseph Buckle (d. 1818)


The rainbow plaque in York, UK dedicated to Anne Lister as seen in May 2019

In 2018, a blue plaque was unveiled outside of the Church, to mark the occasion when Anne Lister and her partner Ann Walker took Holy Communion together at the church at Easter 1834, as an affirmation of their lesbian relationship, thereafter considering themselves married; it was York's first LGBT history plaque. The first plaque had an upside down rainbow edging, and read "Gender-nonconforming entrepreneur. Celebrated marital commitment, without legal recognition, to Ann Walker in this church. Easter, 1834".[7]

The wording was criticised for not mentioning Lister's sexuality,[8] and in 2019, it was replaced with a similar plaque with the wording "Anne Lister 1791–1840 of Shibden Hall, Halifax / Lesbian and Diarist; took sacrament here to seal her union with Ann Walker / Easter 1834".[9][10] The ceremony was recreated on location in the church for the series finale of the 2019 BBC dramatisation of the life of Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack starring Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle as Anne Lister and Ann Walker respectively.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Historic England (14 June 1954). "Church of Holy Trinity (Grade I) (1257686)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England. York and the East Riding. Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave. Yale University Press. 1995. ISBN 0300095937
  3. ^ Holy Trinity Church, York, North Yorkshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 18 October 2016
  4. ^ "The Church of Holy Trinity Goodramgate. Proposed restoration". York Herald. York. 25 March 1882. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Work on Holy Trinity Goodramgate". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. York. 29 January 1937. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  6. ^ Diocese of York: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 7, retrieved 7 May 2015
  7. ^ "Plaque in York honours 'first modern lesbian' Anne Lister". BBC News. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Anne Lister: Plaque wording to change after 'lesbian' row". BBC News. September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Video: York's rainbow plaque to Anne Lister is back – with the word 'Lesbian' front and centre". YorkMix. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Rainbow Plaque Unveiling | York Civic Trust". Retrieved 17 May 2019.