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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

Visits and Tours at St Mary de Crypt

St Mary de Crypt is closed to the public during 2018, however there will be regular hard hat tours throughout the capital works.

For more information and dates click here