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Parish of Hempsted with

       St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt

St Mary de Crypt

The History of St Mary de Crypt

Discover DeCrypt Project

St Mary de Crypt is known for its association with famous people – some of whom

became international superstars. These include Robert Raikes who founded the

Sunday School movement; George Whitefield who was a renowned preacher

responsible for the Evangelical Revival in the USA and with the Wesley brothers was

one of the founders of Methodism; and Jemmy Wood, infamous for his penny

-pinching and apparently the inspiration for Dickens’ Scrooge

St Mary de Crypt Church and the adjoining Tudor Old Crypt Schoolroom is currently

part of an exciting redevelopment programme known as Discover DeCrypt. Discover

DeCrypt will be a centre for Christian spirituality and heritage for children and

families. For more information go to

Weekly services take place in the church on Fridays at 1.00pm between

April - September. We also host occasional civic services, most notably the annual

Gloucester Day Service in September each year when the city celebrates the

Raising of the Siege of Gloucester in 1643.

St Mary de Crypt will be open between 12 noon and 2.00pm every day except Sunday, April to September when it will be staffed by the Gloucester Civic Trust to enable visitors to encounter this architectural and historical gem among Gloucester’s churches.