The scaffolding erected around one of Gloucester’s best-known religious buildings (after Gloucester Cathedral, of course!)
The project, known as ‘Discover DeCrypt’, was funded in part by a grant of £ 1,360,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional funding from Gloucester City Council, the Diocese of Gloucester and the Gloucester Environmental Trust .
In addition to the regeneration of the church, the works will also see
The old school of the renovated crypt. The Tudor Classroom, located just off St Mary of Crypt, was Gloucester’s first free school.
The construction work aims to put the buildings back into service as a place of worship, a community hub and a place of culture and learning. The work is expected to be completed by March 2019.
Despite the scaffolding surrounding the Norman building, other local businesses in the area, such as the pub and concert hall Café Rene, are open as usual during renovations.
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The site is known for its remarkable history and its links to two of Gloucester’s religious founding fathers; Robert Raikes and George Whitefield.
Raikes was baptized at St Mary of Crypt and is best known for setting up the Global Sunday School Movement. While Whitefield, who attended Crypt School, became ordained and traveled to America where he was an internationally renowned religious lecturer.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018