Revamp for historic church crypt

Refurbished Crypt at Bury ST Edmunds RC Church''Pictured: Father Philip Shrayne and some of the congragation
Refurbished Crypt at Bury ST Edmunds RC Church''Pictured: Father Philip Shrayne and some of the congragation
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PARISHIONERS are celebrating following a £140,000 revamp of a historic church crypt.

The crypt at St Edmund King and Martyr Catholic Church, in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, has a new kitchen, bar area, lighting and windows.

The walls and floor have also been damp proofed and brick arches restored after five months of refurbishment.

The work was funded with money saved up over the years by the parish plus a £5,000 grant from the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.

Parishioners can hire the facility for events such as family parties and can also be used for young people preparing for confirmation.

Father Philip Shryane said: “It’s lovely and everyone thinks it looks great.”

The crypt is part of the original church which was built in 1837 and was once part of St Edmund’s School. Parishioners later volunteered to turn it into a social facility in the 1970s.