Hardwicke, Holy Trinity Church
Hardwicke, Holy Trinity Church
A very Victorian church, founded when the parish of Hardwicke split from the neighbouring parish of Clifford in 1853. The hammer-beam nave roof is said to have been built with timbers from the nearby Moor estate, as were the carved oak pews.
The moor Estate was home to the Penoyre family, who were responsible for funding the church. Indeed, a member of the family, Rev WT Penoyre, was the first vicar of the new church. One of the best known people associated with the Hardwicke church is Rev Thomas Webb, vicar at Hardwicke from 1856-1885. Webb was an avid astronomer, and built an observatory in the garden of Hardwicke Vicarage. He wrote numerous books on astronomy, including a standard reference work entitled Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes.