In The Depths of a Crypt – Gloucester

 

The crypt at St Mary's DeCrypt, Gloucester
The crypt at St Mary’s DeCrypt, Gloucester

One of our asbestos surveyors undertook an asbestos management survey at a church and crypt in Gloucester this week and got a bit of a fright!

He found empty tomb openings in the basement of Marys DeCrypt, Southgate Street, Gloucester.

St Mary de Crypt is a Grade I listed church and regarded as one of Gloucester’s most important medieval churches. It is of Norman origin and was substantially rebuilt in the late 1300s. St Mary de Crypt is the only one of Gloucester’s medieval churches to have had a crypt and unusually to have one of such dimensions, here extending under much of the floor area. The accessible chambers under the nave and its north aisle were in use by 1576 as an inn. During the English Civil War, at the time of the Siege in 1643, they were the main magazine of the Parliamentary defenders of the City against the armies of King Charles I.

It was with great pleasure and excitement that EMS were asked to survey such a building. To find out more about this historic building click here – http://www.discoverdecrypt.org.uk/ourheritage.html