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Holy Trinity Church
Eglwys y Drindod Sanctaidd
 
The old school and Vicarage

The former school building on the northside of the Church and is now used as the church hall, also contained the living accomodation for the Mistress and had its own small playground for the pupils. When open, it was one of the two schools operating in Abergavenny for girls and was probably the first to be established in the town. Almost certainly, it was the first purpose built Girls school to be established in town. It was considered more superior to the one located in the basement of the ‘Volunteers Hall’ in Tudor Street. Both schools were later superceded by Castle Street School which was opened in 1866. ‘Trinity School’ continued to teach pupils for another 38 years. It closed its doors for the last time in 1898.

When Abergavenny Borough Council petitioned Andrew Carnegie (the American Philanthropist) to provide a library for the town, Mr Carnegie agreed to do so on the proviso that the Corporation made available a suitable site ‘free from all debt’. The council agreed to do this and purchased the former playground belonging to Trinity School for the purpose. The library was built on this site in 1905.

During the first half of the 20th century the internal structure was altered considerably: dividing walls were taken down to create one large internal space (known as the‘ Schoolroom’, The whole was gutted in 1957. Thereafter, and using the original shell of the old school, a new hall was constructed complete with a flat roof extension, a stage, kitchen and toilet facilities.

In 1993 the hall was completely renovated: the stage and other facilities were removed and new toilet, shower room and kitchen facilities were built. A new upstairs meeting room was also created by taking down the old flat roof and reconfiguring the main roof. Today the hall stills maintains an educational role in the community who use it daily to hold self help meetings or attend classes.

Originally named the ‘Parsonage’, the vicarage is a typically large Victorian dwelling for the clergy. As is true of all Anglican parish vicarages, it has been extensively modified internally in a variety of ways. The outside, however, still retains its original features, down to the blocked up window facing Trinity Terrace.