Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nice


History of Holy Trinity, Nice


As far back as the 17th century, British travellers passed through Nice en route for Italy. Toward the end of the 18th century, they began to build villas in order to spend the winter in the Mediterranean sun. It was from this time that the first Anglican Services were held.

After the Napoleonic Wars, Holy Trinity was established, in 1820, as a chaplaincy under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London, and the first church and graveyard was built on our present site. It was in these years that the chaplain, the Reverend Lewis Way organised a collection of funds to aid the unemployed of the area; with these funds, local people were employed to construct a path along the sea-shore, which was known as the Chemin des Anglais. This was eventually lengthened and broadened, and became known as the Promenade des Anglais.

In 1842, Holy Trinity came under the jurisdiction of the newly-established Diocese of Gibraltar; five years later, the Reverend Henry Francis Lyte, author of the world-famous hymns Abide With Me and Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven was buried in the churchyard.

In 1860, when the Comté of Nice became once again part of France, permission was granted to build a larger church. This neo-gothic building, designed by a British architect, Thomas Smith, was constructed between 1860 and 1862. The windows of the nave date from the latter years of Queen Victoria's reign.

The chancel and sanctuary of the church were completed in 1913 and consecrated on All Saints' Day, and the magnificent East windows, above the high altar, made by the famous atelier Lorin in Chartres, were put in place in the 1920's.