Above the fireplace is a priest-hole
where they hid from the wrath of Cromwell's Round-heads.
The property has a fascinating history - John Wesley is said to have preached there and there is reputed to be a "priest-hole
" concealed in the original walls.
I'm nothing like Samantha, the social-climbing, has-been actress who hates the noise of cows mooing, complains about the mud and sticks a power-shower in the priest-hole
of her historic manor house.
The three-storey house has a reception room which Rodney has now turned into an office, with a priest-hole
room and trap-door hidden under the carpet.
Is Goosie, Goosie Gander about the Reformation and a Catholic priest (gander) persecuted after being found hiding in a 'priest-hole
' in a lady's chamber?
Charles was hustled away into the safety of the priest-hole
as the house's owner Thomas Whitgreave coolly bluffed it out with the troopers.
One day he was down a priest-hole
, another he was disguised as a farm worker, and another - the most famous day of all - he spent up a tree.
In short, Nicholas Owen was undisputed master of the priest-hole
At Moseley Hall on the northern edge of Wolverhampton, Charles was obliged to try out the priest-hole
lately reserved for the resident cleric.
In the Manor's loft are the remnants of a 'priest-hole
' from the early 16th century, when being a Roman Catholic priest was not the safest of 'job'.
The house itself is a wonderful moated manor house that dates back to mediaeval times with secret priest-holes
and all the furnishings and paintings from days gone by.
Ask newcomers to find the ingenious priest-holes
at Harvington Hall and they could spend days in a forlorn search.