Discover de Crypt

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St. Mary de Crypt is a fine late 15th Century Church situated in the centre of Gloucester. Although built upon the site of an earlier Norman Church, the only remaining features of that building are some arches in the blocked up part of the Crypt.

 

Adjacent to the Church is one of the few remaining Tudor Schoolrooms in the Country. It was opened in 1539 and was the first free Grammar School in the City, operating on this site for 320 years. The Church is famous for George Whitfield a great 18th Century Evangelist. He was baptised in the Church and preached his first sermon in the Pulpit there, with such dynamism that it is recorded that people were almost ‘driven to madness!’ George is credited with taking Methodism to America which eventually spread worldwide.


Another famous Son was Robert Raikes. He was born in 1736, was baptised in the Church and educated in the Crypt School. He later inherited the Glos Journal, and through this medium became instrumental in the spread of the Sunday School movement that spread throughout the world.


The Church Bell Tower houses eight fine bells produced by the famous Rudhall family. The first six were installed in 1710 and the last two, some forty years later.


There are two medieval wall paintings in the Chancel, one is in quite poor condition, but the other depicts the Adoration of the Magi. The Church boasts a fine Memorial by Peter Scheemacher who was responsible for eleven of the Sculptures in Westminster Abbey.

 

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Guide Prices

FREE

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access - Level access via Southgate Street

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Interactive displays closed
  • One way system
  • Online booking possible
  • Open now
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Map & Directions

Discover de Crypt

Type:Church/Chapel

Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
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Tel+44 (0)1452 422829

Tel+44 (0)1452 385070

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

* Please check the attraction's website for opening times.

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