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date: 28 September 2023

priest holes 

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
David HeyDavid Hey

Secret hiding places in the homes of Roman Catholic families for protecting chaplains and itinerant priests from persecution during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. A good example in a National Trust property may be seen at Baddesley Clinton (Warwickshire). Worcestershire has a large number of cunningly constructed hides, e.g. at Harvington Hall. A degree of scepticism is needed before accepting claims about priest holes.... ...

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