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Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church on Strond Street was a very prominent  architectural feature of the Pier District. It was the first church  built in Dover under the authority of the Church Building  Commissioners, who made a grant to the building fund.   The first stone was laid, in 1833, by Dr Sumner, Archbishop of  Canterbury. The consecration took place in September 1835, the total cost of the building including the furnishing came to  £7,973. This large building had seating for 1,550.  
Holy Trinity Church, early 1860s. The photo can be fairly accurately dated as the 'Shipwrights Arms' did not move here until 1859 and there is no mention of the 'Packet Boat Inn' after 1863. Holy Trinity Church, interior.
The church was declared  redundant and demolished after  the Second World War, its  congregation having been  depleted by the slum clearances  of the 1930s and the destruction  caused by wartime bombing and  shelling. 
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