In 1817 St Marylebone was built over a large vaulted crypt which served as a burial ground until 1853 when its use was discontinued. In 1980 the bodies were removed from the crypt and reburied in Brookwood cemetery in Surrey. It was then developed and in July 1987 HRH The Prince of Wales opened the newly refurbished Crypt. Today the Crypt is used by various groups and organisations.
Marylebone Health Centre
Many people are startled to find an NHS Health Centre in the Crypt of a church. However it was always the intention that after its refurbishment the Crypt at St Marylebone would be a centre for healing, both physical and spiritual. Alongside the Healing and Counselling Centre, there is the Marylebone Health Centre. The Health Centre is a regular NHS practice which also offers complementary therapies such as osteopathy, massage therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture and naturopathy through GP referral. For further details about the practice click on the following link http://www.marylebonehealthcentre.co.uk/
This is a quiet and beautiful place for anyone to visit. In the chapel there is the opportunity for you to say a prayer or just sit in peace. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved here.
The figure on the cross was carved by Denis Alva Parsons. Much of this traditionally-schooled craftsman’s work can be found in the great buildings across the UK and beyond, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament. Denis was in demand as a teacher and lecturer and demonstrated at the Royal Academy and also for the Royal Fine Art Commission in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. In 1993 he was awarded the MBE in recognition of his services to conservation.
Services are held -
Mon to Wed at 9.30 am - Morning Prayer
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 5.00 pm - Evening Prayer
Wed at 1.10 pm - Holy Eucharist
Fri at 9.30 am - Holy Eucharist