The stairs at Harvington Hall lift up to reveal a secret priest hole underneath. The hidden area consists of two rooms. The first is a small compartment where they would place insignificant treasures, hoping that would be enough to distract anyone searching. The actual priest hole was behind a second door in the back of […]
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These removable floorboards in Harvington Hall reveal a ladder down to an underground priest hole.
This moveable timber beam in Harvington Hall pivots out from the top to reveal a secret priest hole room. The concealed entrance was so good that it went undiscovered for 300 years until some children found it in 1897.
This false fireplace in Harvington Hall, complete with burn marks, has a fake chimney that was used as a secret passage to a priest hole. The priest could hide here in a time in British history when it was ruled illegal to practice Catholicism.
This secret trap door leads to an underground priest hole for concealing traveling priests during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
In Traquair, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, this hidden passage exists to a secret priest room.
Hidden priest hole room below trap door in floor