Rediscovering St Mary de Crypt

A two-year renovation project has transformed Gloucester high street church and schoolrooms, St Mary de Crypt, with the help of funding from Allchurches Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

A recent service to mark the re-opening of the church and school rooms was led by the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, who talked about rejuvenation under the bows of 15-foot high craft flowers.

The project, which was managed by The Prince’s Foundation and named Discover DeCrypt, has rejuvenated the 14th Century church and transformed it into a sustainable and accessible heritage attraction in the city centre. The addition of a lift, removal of pews and new toilets inside the church will make it easier to host a number of community activities in a now much more flexible space.

Discover de Crypt - Credit: Thousand Word Media


The renovation project has also seen the schoolrooms transformed after an extensive archaeological dig. The rooms are now open for community use and can be rented out to groups, enabling them to once again become a centre for learning. Youth concerts, community art workshops and school visits are just a few of the activities planned.

Rev Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector and Chair of Discover DeCrypt, said: "The generous grant from the Allchurches Trust contributed significantly to the work we were able to do to in restoring historic features and making the buildings fit for the 21st Century. We are delighted that these historic buildings - so significant as a place of faith and community - now once again stand at the heart of Gloucester for all to enjoy.

“At Discover DeCrypt, we have the opportunity to explore faith, history and heritage as well as the life of the city of Gloucester. We look forward to sharing a sacred space, and working with individuals and community groups from across the city and beyond."

Discover de Crypt - Credit: Thousand Word MediaThe Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek