St Mary’s Mortuary Chapel Open Day

Annual Open Day

Sitting on the edge of the town, you’ll find Tidworth Mortuary Chapel. It sounds a bit morbid at first thought but it’s a peaceful area with an interesting history. The old St Mary’s Church within the town was demolished in 1784 by permission of the Bishop of Winchester and material from that church was used to build this chapel. The chapel later fell into a state of disrepair until the Town Council took ownership of it in 2006 and refurbished it in 2008. Inside the Chapel there is the mysterious crypt containing two coffins, one is believed to be that of a child. You can access the churchyard at any time, however visits inside the Mortuary Chapel must be organised in advance with Tidworth Town Council. During this open day you will be able to go into the chapel and see the memorials, the beautiful Alter and Font. You may be surprised to see that the crypt still lays beneath the floor and two coffins can be seen. C’llr Ann Birch will also be available to talk to on the day with her extensive knowledge of local history and many books. If you would like to join us for this annual event, you will be most welcome and we look forward to meeting you. Light refreshments will be available, the ground within the cemetery is somewhat uneven, however is accessible for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.