The Crypt

Hopefully you have found the way from the Church and are now outside the modern entrance in Church Street. Please enter (if open) otherwise make your way to the Old Town Hall - see below.

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The Crypt is a 13th Century medieval flint and stone undercroft, the lower part of a two storey house which was used as a merchant's store house. The entrance from Church Street is modern and the building can also be accessed from the car park behind this frontage. As a rare example of its type and the oldest secular building in Seaford, the Crypt is a scheduled monument of national importance. Later upper parts of the house, believed to have be 18th and 19th century additions, were damaged by bombing in the second world war, and were removed in the 1950s. Vaulted cellars with a vaulting boss decorated with grapes and vine leaves suggest the Crypt was once used for wine importation.The Crypt was “rediscovered” during 1993 excavations and subsequently restored. The District Council built a gallery around it and it is now open to the public as an historical building, art gallery and community arts centre.The contrast between ancient, textured flint walls and smooth, matt white plaster provides an unusual and stimulating environment to showcase work of art and design. The Crypt holds both from traditional and contemporary art exhibitions, adult and children's literary, painting, creative workshops, photography, printmaking to ceramics, sculpture, textiles and crafts.

More information about activities at the Crypt: http://thecryptgallery.com

On leaving the Crypt turn right and continue down Church Street keeping on the right hand side. Here we make a slight diversion from the printed version of the Heritage Trail to see the Old Town Hall by crossing South Street just after the public toilets should you need one.