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Cross Woolton Road, at the traffic lights, and continue along Church Road. Across the road is the Church of Holy Trinity - dating from 1794 and described by the late Sir John Betjeman as "Liverpool's best Georgian church". On your left is the church hall. Stop at the far end of the church hall, where you will see some stone steps alongside the pavement. This is the so-called 'mounting stone' - used in the nineteenth century by churchgoers to get back in the saddle after services - which used to stand on the other side of the road. Its shape and well-worn steps suggest, however, that it may have originated as a field stile long before the church was built.

The date of Holy Trinity Church is significant. The 1790s were the decade when the wealthy merchants of Liverpool began to take a real interest in villages like Wavertree as places in which to live. Until it was built, the nearest church was All Saints Childwall, whose parish extended all the way from Wavertree to Speke. In fact Holy Trinity was a Chapel of Ease to Childwall until 1867, when it finally became a parish church in its own right. John Hope's original design for Holy Trinity included a stone 'lantern' on the tower at the far end, which made the building a prominent landmark. This survived into the twentieth century, but unfortunately had to be taken down for safety reasons. In 1911 the east end of the church (nearest the road) was remodelled in 'neo-Grec' style by Charles Reilly, Professor of Architecture at Liverpool University.

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