The longest-serving minister was the flamboyant Rev Richard Bingham who, in 1789, succeeded his father as priest and went on to hold the post for 66 years. They were years of some notoriety – Bingham, who was a wealthy man and a builder (he developed much of the Newtown area of Gosport) – was known for his regular court appearances. It was Bingham who built the magnificent five-storey vicarage on Trinity Green, only to have it immediately commandeered by the Board of Ordnance as a residence for the Commandant of Royal Engineers. A legal battle ensured that it would be returned to the church on Bingham’s death.
In 1858 Rev William Skipsey-Saunders became the new incumbent and moved Holy Trinity away from its ‘low church’ tradition to embrace the ethos of the Oxford Movement, with an emphasis on ritual and ceremony – something to which Holy Trinity continues to subscribe today. The church’s Anglo-Catholicism was further enhanced under the ministry of Rev Henry Woolsey, who only served for 14 years (1912-1926) but who introduced daily services of matins, communion and evensong; a set time for hearing confessions, and the use of incense. He also used the monthly parish magazine as a means of spreading catholic teaching throughout the parish.
Many people who have lived in Gosport all their lives have memories of Canon Cyril Barclay who was vicar of Holy Trinity for 32 years from 1935 – and thus saw the church through some traumatic years, including the wartime bombings of the town and the subsequent redevelopment of Trinity Green. He was succeeded in 1968 by Father John Capper who was another staunch Anglo-Catholic and a graduate of the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield. He was therefore well suited to fit into the style of worship practised at Holy Trinity. John Capper served for 33 years until his death in 2002, after which the future of the church was in doubt because of the dwindling size of its congregation. This trend was reversed with the appointment of Father Ian Booth, who shared John Capper’s ‘high church’ ethos, increased the congregation and introduced much-needed changes (such as celebrating the Eucharist in the round). Father Andy Davis has increased the congregation still further, and brought Holy Trinity closer to its sister Church, Christ Church (particularly through their joint fairs). During his twelve years there, the church increased its civic profile, become a desirable venue for many community events, as well as for weddings, funerals etc, and has seen a burgeoning programme of music and arts events, centred on its fully restored “Handel” organ.