Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Monifieth

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 49890 32710, map


High Street


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is located within walled grounds near the centre of Monifieth. The church building is set back from the street and the grounds surrounding it are laid out as gardens with a large pathway leading from the entrance gates.

Description (exterior)

The church is a simple rectangular structure, consisting of nave and chancel, and is aligned east-west. It was built in brick and rendered and the nave has decorative timber cladding. The large roof has deep eaves and has small red tiles. 


The south elevation has an open porch towards the west, which has timber gables and uprights. The nave has four rectangular windows with simple trefoil tracery and small square panes of glass. The windows are surrounded by timber panelling which is stained a dark colour. There is a small buttress between each window. The narrower chancel is simpler, with only a small square window in the south elevation and closely-spaced buttresses. 


The west gable of the church has a four-light rectangular window, which again has trefoil tracery and square panes of glass. Decorative timber panelling reaches from just above ground level into the gablehead. There are two central buttresses which are linked by a thick wooden beam near the gablehead. On top of the gable is a cross finial.


The north elevation has two small projecting aisles, one to the west and one to the east. They have hipped roofs and small rectangular windows. The central section of the nave is set back from the overhanging roof which is supported on sturdy, closely-spaced buttresses. There is extensive use of timber panelling on this elevation too.


The east end of the church is the chancel and this has no wooden panelling on the external walls. The east gable is blank apart from a group of three pointed-arch (lancet) windows with stained glass.

Description (interior)

The interior of the church is fairly simple and has white-painted plastered walls and an exposed wooden roof structure, which is supported on stone corbels in the walls. There is a small vestibule area at the west end of the church, where entry into the church is made. 


The well-lit nave has had its original pew seating removed and replaced by moveable chairs, which are arranged into rows with a central passage. The small wooden pulpit is positioned in the north-east corner of the nave. The nave is separated from the chancel by a round-arched chancel arch with a prominent rood screen and rood cross. The chancel has an altar at the east end in a raised section bounded by communion rails. Behind is a simple but large reredos, which rises to the three stained glass windows, which depict Christ.


  • Church: Build/construction (1909)
    People: Mills & Shepherd

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 5955
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 37964B-listed