Parish of Hempsted with
St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt
St Mary de Crypt
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
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 www.discoverdecrypt.org.uk
Weekly services take place in the church on Fridays at 1.00pm between
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.