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JACOBEAN CHASTLETON AND ITS ROOMY SECRET CHAMBER: THE PRIEST HOLE IN THE STAIRWAY, HARVINGTON HALL

JACOBEAN CHASTLETON AND ITS ROOMY SECRET CHAMBER: THE PRIEST HOLE IN THE STAIRWAY, HARVINGTON HALL

Chastleton (left), a grand old gabled house in Oxfordshire, has stayed practically unaltered since the early seventeenth century; but its secret chamber in the front of the building is no longer secret having been converted into a comfortable dressing-room approached by an ordinary door. Even so, it preserves its original Jacobean panelling. In the Civil War this hiding-place was found very useful by the Royalist owner of Chastieton, one Captain Arthur Jones, who lay here one night while his wife entertained the too inquisitive Roundheads with skilfully drugged wine At Harvmgton Hall, Worcestershire, the instep of a short flight (right) from the landing to a garret can be moved to disclose a priest hole: a gaping cavity five feet square

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