Originating in 16th Century England at the time of the Reformation, a priesthole was a secret room used to hide Catholic priests from persecution by forces loyal to the King.

Priestholes were built in churches, monasteries, abbies and even the homes of of sympathetic individuals. These hiding places often took the form of small rooms hidden behind false walls, compartments under floorboards and even shelves within chimneys. They can still be found in many places to this day.

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