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Historic Gloucester church and schoolroom reopens after £2.1Mill restoration

Photo: Discover DeCrypt/The Prince's Foundation

St Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Crypt Schoolroom have reopened to the public after its multi-million pound facelift.

The two year year long project aimed to give a new lease of life to the Grade I listed church and Grade II listed schoolroom as a heritage attraction, community centre and 21st century place of worship.

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Despite its history in the city of Gloucester, the schoolroom had begun to fall into disrepair, the congregation had dwindled and the church was at risk of being declared redundant.

However both buildings have been sensitively brought up to modern standards with help from Discover DeCrypt and regeneration specialists The Prince's Foundation.

Some remarkable archaeological discoveries were made along the way including a school pupil's graffiti on the schoolroom paneling dating back to the eighteenth century.

Actors interacted with the public during an open day on Saturday 23rd March Credit: Jessica Gordon/Discover DeCrypt

It's hoped around 20,000 visitors and worshippers will now visit the regenerated buildings every year.

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