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The Crypt

A Grade II* Listed Building in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.8011 / 51°48'3"N

Longitude: -4.9713 / 4°58'16"W

OS Eastings: 195226

OS Northings: 215560

OS Grid: SM952155

Mapcode National: GBR CK.XRK7

Mapcode Global: VH1RD.SZ7N

Entry Name: The Crypt

Listing Date: 12 October 1951

Last Amended: 29 October 2010

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 12172

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated on the corner of Market Street and High St, opposite St Mary's Church.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Haverfordwest

Community: Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd)

Community: Haverfordwest

Built-Up Area: Haverfordwest

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Medieval vaulted cellar, possibly C13 or early C14, said to have been a charnel vault or connected with a nunnery, but more probably the basement of a wealthy merchant's house and shop. The crypt was until 1952 under the N end of a five bay C18 house Nos 2-4 Market Street. Modern shops and housing built above the crypt (2010).


Medieval vaulted semi-basement. Rubble stone walls to E and N, with pointed doorway down steps on E, grey limestone blocks to jambs and voussoirs. Iron grille. Segmental arched square opening on N with iron grille. Flat paved top. Modern shop unit built above.


Interior is wholly vaulted with two aisles, the vaults carried on two sturdy round columns of cut stone with chamfered simple bases and caps. From these spring heavy quadripartite vaults with deep-chamfered ribs of cut stone, with rough rubble infill to the cells between. The ribs spring without corbels from the rubble stone walls of the chamber.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special achitectural interest at grade II* as a rare and exceptionally complete medieval vaulted basement.

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