Holy Trinity Church

Margate, Kent, England, UK

Bombed 1943

The Disappointed Tourist: Holy Trinity Church, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

Holy Trinity Church was built in 1829 as a replacement for the old church of St. John which was too small for the growing congregation of Margate. The church was bombed by the German Luftwaffe on 1 June 1943, killing ten and injuring 50 people. The church was reduced to a shell. The tower survived but was demolished in 1958. A replacement church by architect Harold Anderson was built in the 1950s. The painting is based on an old uncredited postcard.

Holy Trinity was an imposing building, prominent on the skyline of Margate. It could seat 2,000 people and was possibly J.M.W. Turner’s Church. Susan W.