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undercroft

1. A vaulted basement of a church or secret passage, often wholly or partly below ground level.
2. A crypt.
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The intricately carved ceiling of the vaulted undercroft at the Grade 1 listing Guildhall in Bayley Lane next to the cathedral ruins is to be painted white.
A spokesperson for Coventry City Council said: "We are undertaking a small scale refurbishment and architectural enhancement scheme in the undercroft at St Mary's Guildhall.
An authentic Georgian threecourse dinner will be served in the magnificent medieval Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral on July 23.
We look forward to welcoming guests to the Cathedral for this authentic eighteenth-century threecourse meal, which will celebrate both the setting of the Undercroft Restaurant as well as the history and heritage of Durham Cathedral and its remarkable collections.
1965 For much of the 20th century, these undercrofts were the premises of William Jones, high-class grocers.
The ruins were the undercrofts of the St Mary's and Benedictine Cathedral and Priory which were used to store food, wine and other goods.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TIME: Paul Shufflebotham at Coventry Watch Museum, right JG080912HERI_7 LIVING HISTORY: Guides Nicola Norman and Fraser Campbell at Coventry Priory Undercrofts SKY'S THE LIMIT: Marilyn Bradshaw and Eileen Hudson at Coventry Airbase IL?
It wasn't a simple job as the vaulted undercrofts had to be completely tanked.
The stone vaulted undercrofts, built to provide storage beneath the medieval priory of St Mary's, are being opened to the public for the first time in 400 years.
Undercrofts were normally used for storage, but the discovery of windows and a fireplace suggest that as far back as the 13th century they were used by monks and servants.
the Priory Undercrofts will be a major attraction in the award-winning Phoenix Initiative.
He said: ''It is well known that there are undercrofts and cellars nearby but, from the bits we have scraped out, the idea that it is a mediaeval cellar is unlikely.