The Undercroft

The Medieval Undercroft

Measuring some thirty feet by nineteen, the Undercroft has a rib-vaulted ceiling supported by two central columns. The corbels - the brackets where the arches spring from the walls - are carved in the shape of grotesque faces. The ceiling is above street level giving room for a doorway and steps down from the street.

Undercrofts like these were mostly built in the 1200s and the early 1300s. They were used as shops: the extensive stonework and the carvings were intended for display and not merely as an embellishment to a cellar or storeroom.

There are traces of perhaps as many as half a dozen undercrofts that once existed along the High Street, a testimony to the great wealth of Guildford in the Middle Ages. Throughout England undercrofts are associated with towns that were engaged with profitable import and export trade, such as Chester, Winchester and Southampton.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

Wed 14.15-16.00
Sat 12.00-16.00

Closed: October-April

Admission charges


Additional info

Limited disability access due to old stone staircase

The Undercroft
High Street



01483 444751

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