St Mary de Crypt
Awarded a grant to help fund a project to install and refurbish toilets, install a heating system, renew electrical installations and lighting, and install an easy-going stair, platform lift, glazed entrance lobby, level floors, art room with kitchen and coffee point. Currently the church can only be used in the warmer 6 months of the year because of a lack of heating, and visitors have to go over the road to a pub to use toilets. With the provision of toilet facilities, along with heating, a new electrical system and lighting, the church will be warm, well-lit, accessible to most people, including wheelchair users, and suitable for use as a public building.
St Mary de Crypt is prominently positioned in a busy shopping area on a key tourist route from Gloucester Docks to the Cathedral, and is located in the City Centre Conservation Area. It contains a stunning interior. Of Norman origin, the church is important for its connections to Llanthony Priory, Gloucester. It was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style in the C14th in order to display the Priory's wealth, and contains important fabric and fittings from this period.
The church has a range of important connections to historical events in Gloucester, including being used as an ammunitions store during the English Civil War. Robert Raikes, the founder of the Sunday School Movement, is buried in a side chapel. The pulpit and sounding board from which George Whitefield, one of the founders of Methodism, preached his first sermon remains at the church.