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Woodbridge, Middlesex County
Set amidst a large cemetery, Trinity Church offers a classic Gothic
Revival design for a small parish. The building was put up in 1860,
although the congregation dates to 1698. The plan is similar to another
small Episcopal church inWoodbury
(Christ Church), erected with a few years of this. Both borrow heavily
from St. James the Less in Philadelphia, erected in 1847. The plans
for Trinity were prepared by Harrison Condit, of Newark, but tradition
says the church was actually designed by Richard Upjohn, who was very
familiar with St. James, although he did not design it. Because of the
many similarities with other Upjohn churches, I would agree with his
role in this building. The interior lacks the hammerbeams and open timberwork
that is common to most of his larger churches, but the scale and many
of the individual elements are characteristic of his work.
Notice the bellcote, the steep pitch to
the roof, the deep chancel, which is oriented to the east, and the south
portal serving as the main entry to the churchall elements that
were important to the Episcopal Bishop of New Jersey (Doane) at the
time this building was erected.