Ossett Pictures - Holy Trinity Church

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Ossett Holy Trinity Church 2007

Ossett mill owner, Benjamin Wilson (1797-1881) was the organist at the old Anglican chapel in Ossett Market Place. He gave most generously, it is said to the tune of £800, a big sum in the 1860s, for the building of the new and most imposing Anglican Church of Holy Trinity between 1862-65, which was at a high point in the town's prosperity.

It was reported that on the 1st of February 1868, during a gale, the pinnacle on the north-east corner of the Parish Church tower became dislodged and fell through the roof into the vestry.

The picture above shows the church in October 2007 after some recent re-roofing work and a much needed clean-up of the graveyard. The effects of a hundred years of smoke pollution can be seen clearly on the stonework of the church. Ossett was dominated by textile mills at the turn of the 19th century, each one with a huge mill chimney that funnelled the smoke from coal-fired boilers into the atmsophere.