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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
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.
Community: Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd)
Built-Up Area: Haverfordwest
Traditional County: Pembrokeshire
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.
Listed for its special achitectural interest at grade II* as a rare and exceptionally complete medieval vaulted basement.
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