Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry Cathedral medieval crypts to open to public

Chapel of Unity Image copyright Coventry Cathedral
Image caption The Chapel of Unity is accessible but needs drying out before opening to the public

Three medieval crypts at Coventry Cathedral are to be restored and opened to the public.

One of the crypts, currently filled with rubble from the Blitz, is thought to contain at least three tombs and human remains dating back to Tudor times.

The other two are waterlogged and will be dried out.

The restoration money came from the government's World War One Cathedral Repair Fund.

The cathedral received £216,000 as part of the £20m fund announced in the budget to maintain cathedrals in recognition of the role they played in the war.

The Chapel of Unity and the Wyley Chapel, although water-damaged over the past 10 years, are accessible to restorers.

Little is known about the third chamber, and a cathedral spokeswoman said archaeologists were keen to examine it.

Image copyright Coventry Cathedral
Image caption The Wyley chapel was dedicated by the Wyley family in honour of a son who died in WW1

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