Offbeat Video

By Josh Saunders


Look inside the hidden crypt that few people in the world have seen have where bodies have laid to rest for over 150 years.

The vicar of the unnamed church in Thames Valley allowed urban explorer Warren Tepper, 32, to travel down into the catacombs to document this rarely seen spot.

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Below the stained glass, pews and lectern, lie the remains of families and religious officials who were interned there as early as the 1840s. 

The white bricked curving walls lead to vaults decorated with a painting of Jesus, alongside a bust of the figure bearing the crown of thorns. 

Over the years other parishioners have been asked to be buried within the crypt, their urns, flowers and stone murals on display until a memorial is set to be built.  

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The church built in the 1820s, was used as an air-raid shelter during the war due to the heavily fortified walls, one of which still bears a ‘rules and regulations’ poster. 

The urban explorer, from Hampshire, who runs YouTube channel ‘Warren Urbexing’, described: “It was amazing to see something as unique as this.”

He said: I have never seen a crypt in person before and have always been very interested in what they are really like.

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“The vaults that had been finished knowing that there were actually people who had been in them for over 150 years 

“The vicar told us that the place was built in the 1820s and the crypt was closed in the 1850s.

“The crypt was used as a shelter in WWII, which is why the poster is still on the wall and that it is the first church to be photographed in the UK if not the world 

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“Very few people have visited the crypt, less than ten in total, as it is not very well known that there is a crypt underneath the church. 

“The vaults that were occupied stood out, knowing that they had been there for over 150 years in their final resting places. 

“It was breath taking, the church on top was amazing also.

“I had a few really amazing features that didn’t start there they actually come from other church’s like the wooded screen and the podium “