In 1817 the church was built over a large vaulted crypt. This served as the parish burial ground until 1853 when the entrance was bricked up and its use discontinued. In 1980 the then Rector, the Revd Christopher Hamel Cooke, conceived a plan to remove the dead and bring in the living. With due authority the coffins from the crypt (over 850) were reinterred at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey.
The Crypt Chapel is open every day for private prayer. In addition there is -
Monday to Thursday at 9.30 am - Morning Prayer
Monday to Friday at 5.00 pm - Evening Prayer
Wednesday at 1.10 pm - Holy Eucharist
Friday at 9.30 am - Holy Eucharist
Healing Services with the laying on of hands are held regularly; please see the noticeboards for details.
The figure on the cross in the Crypt Chapel was carved by Denis Alva Parsons. Much of this traditionally-schooled craftsman’s work can be found in the great buildings across the UK and beyond, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament. Denis was in demand as a teacher and lecturer and demonstrated at the Royal Academy and also for the Royal Fine Art Commission in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. In 1993 he was awarded the MBE in recognition of his services to conservation.