"You know, like a Priest's Hole in old manor houses"
Priest hole concealed in a cupboard
Public DomainPriest hole concealed in a cupboard

A Priest hole was a hiding place built into a Roman Catholic house during the period when Catholics were persecuted in England. 

Families still loyal to Rome could conceal a Catholic priest for months, protecting him from searches ordered by Queen Elizabeth I and her successors.

 

The concealed entrance to a priest hole in Partingdale House, Middlesex (in the right column)
Public DomainThe concealed entrance to a priest hole in Partingdale House, Middlesex (in the right column)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can watch a video showing the Naworth Castle priest hole here.