Hull Minster: Holy Trinity Church re-dedicated

John Sentamu
Image caption The Hull Minster candle was lit by Dr John Sentamu after a ceremony in Trinity Square

Hull's Holy Trinity Church has been re-dedicated as a minster by the Archbishop of York.

A flotilla of about 20 boats travelled down the Humber into Hull Marina ahead of the outdoor service, with Dr John Sentamu carrying a lantern lit at All Saints Church in Hessle.

The flame was then used to light the Hull Minster candle.

The minster is currently undergoing a £4.5m regeneration project, with the interior being restored and remodelled.

Image caption A flotilla of boats travelled down the Humber destined for Hull city centre
Image caption Dr John Sentamu carried a lantern lit at All Saints Church in Hessle
Image caption The boats moored up at Hull Marina
Image caption Hundreds of people filled Trinity Square for an outdoor service

Dr Sentamu earlier visited Zebedee's Yard to bless The Last Trip, a memorial to the city's lost fishermen.

The status of minster is an honorific title bestowed on major churches of regional significance in the Church of England to "reflect their importance and contribution to the local communities they serve", the Diocese of York said.

Dr Sentamu called Hull "a great city".

"We as the church want to play our part so that everyone will go away from Hull energised, full of trust and full of love," he said.

Image copyright Hull Museums
Image caption Holy Trinity Church was saved by the wind when a Zeppelin dropped a bomb over Hull in June 1915

Hull Minster facts

  • The church was built in the 1300s, replacing an earlier chapel, after King Edward I granted the former settlement of Wyke a Royal Charter and re-named it Kings Town upon Hull
  • It is the oldest brick-built building in the city
  • Anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce was baptised in the church's font
  • During World War One, the church was saved from bombing on 7 June 1915 due to a change in wind direction.
  • Church windows were damaged during another raid in March 1916
  • In World War Two, the church was briefly used as an air raid shelter

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