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England’s largest parish church made minster

Sun 14 May 2017
By Premier Journalist

The Archbishop of York has rededicated Hull’s Holy Trinity Church as a minster.

The occasion happened yesterday and started off with a flotilla of boats travelling down the Humber into Hull Marina ahead of the outdoor service, with the archbishop of York, 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. Dr Sentamu described the 700-year-old church as a "phoenix rising from the ashes" after it was saved from closure by parishioners in the city. In the meantime, the congregation has tripled.

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".

The vicar of Hull Minster, the Reverend Canon Dr Neal Barnes, said: "It is just the beginning of the new part of the journey."

Hull Minster is the oldest brick-built building in the country still being used for its original purpose.  It is also the largest parish church, by floor area, in England.  Hull’s most well-known son, anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, was baptised in the font still being used today.

During World War One, the church was saved from bombing on 7 June 1915 due to a change in wind direction.

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