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Secret Chambers and Hiding Places

Secret Chambers and Hiding Places by Allan Fea
By: (1860-1956)

“Secret Chambers and Hiding Places” is a collection of concealments and their uses, almost all within England, although a very few passages and chambers in continental Europe are mentioned, Jacobite hidey holes in Scotland, while the final chapter of the book covers Bonnie Prince Charlie’s wanderings around Scotland, among caves and other hiding places. Most chapters are devoted to historical events; such as the the seventeenth century persecution of roman catholics (with many large houses having specially constructed “priests’ holes”), or various unpopular monarchs and their hiding places. The text is scattered with legends and true stories, with occasional skeletons found, still hiding, long centuries after the searchers have left. The author describes hidden doors, passages, rooms and pits with enormous enthusiasm … and with considerable regret when he has to describe secret places lost to demolition or modernisation. You’ll wish you could wander the country, poking into the darkest recesses of every old house you find!

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[Illustration: MOSELEY HALL, STAFFORDSHIRE]

SECRET CHAMBERS AND HIDING PLACES

HISTORIC, ROMANTIC, & LEGENDARY STORIES & TRADITIONS ABOUT HIDING HOLES, SECRET CHAMBERS, ETC.

BY ALLAN FEA

AUTHOR OF "THE FLIGHT OF THE KING," "KING MONMOUTH," ETC.

WITH EIGHTY ILLUSTRATIONS

THIRD AND REVISED EDITION

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

A GREAT DEVISER OF "PRIEST'S HOLES"

CHAPTER II

HINDLIP HALL

CHAPTER III

PRIEST HUNTING AT BRADDOCKS

CHAPTER IV

THE GUNPOWDER PLOT CONSPIRATORS

CHAPTER V

HARVINGTON, UFTON, AND INGATESTONE

CHAPTER VI

COMPTON WINYATES, SALFORD PRIOR, SAWSTON, OXBURGH, PARHAM, PAXHILL, ETC.

CHAPTER VII

KING HUNTING: BOSCOBEL, MOSELEY, TRENT, AND HEALE

CHAPTER VIII

CAVALIER HUNTING, ETC.

CHAPTER IX

JAMES II.'S ESCAPES

CHAPTER X

JAMES II.'S ESCAPES ( continued ): HAM HOUSE, AND "ABDICATION HOUSE"

CHAPTER XI

MYSTERIOUS ROOMS, DEADLY PITS, ETC.

CHAPTER XII

HIDING PLACES IN JACOBITE DWELLINGS AND IN SCOTTISH CASTLES AND MANSIONS

CHAPTER XIII

CONCEALED DOORS, SUBTERRANEAN PASSAGES, ETC... Continue reading book >>


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