One of the most famous
symbols of Coventry will be back at full strength by the end of
the year when the spire is replaced at Holy Trinity church.
The 700-year-old parish
church in the city centre has been having its spire renovated
after a successful £1 million appeal.
The famous spire, one of
three in Coventry, has been missing from the top of the church
while it has been repaired.
And the wraps have now
been taken off the structure as builders prepare to re-assemble
Canon David Urquhart,
vicar of Holy Trinity, said the work should be completed by
Other parts of the
project have included the restoration of a medieval paintings
and a spruce up for some of the pinnacles and parapets on the
But Canon Urquhart, who
has been at the helm of the church for the past seven years will
not be there to see the finishing touches as he is leaving in
September to become the Bishop of Birkenhead.
“I will be very
sorry to leave but I’m delighted that such progress is being
made and we are in sight of a fully restored spire.”
He added that the search
for his successor was on, but it traditionally takes several
months to fill vacancies.
“It’s quite a big
responsibility. It’s a calling to a city centre ministry
with a wide variety of people in the congregation and links
with young people, the homeless and civic leaders.
“The cathedral and
Holy Trinity are complementary to one another. The cathedral
works regionally, nationally and internationally through the
Community of the Cross of Nails, and Holy Trinity is regarded
by the people of Coventry as their church.
“In Birkenhead there
is also a great deal of variety, with countryside, the city of
Chester and then some areas where unemployment is 22 per cent,
and I shall be using my experience in Coventry to help me