Everyone loves a good secret. For some reason, we feel powerful when we know something that no one else knows. The same goes for secret rooms. All around the world, famous buildings have hidden places that no one knows about… Until now. Did you know that The White House has a bomb shelter, there’s a secret room in Radio City Music Hall, and a ballroom in the Flinder’s Street Station in Melbourne? Many of these rooms operated as safe havens for the rich and famous. If there was a nuclear war, or someone was out to assassinate them, they had a place to run and hide. Next time you find yourself in one of these buildings, try and discover the secrets that lay hidden behind unassuming walls. We promise you’re in for a surprise that’ll make your jaw drop!
Harvington Hall Priest Holes
Harvington Hall dates back as early as the 14th century and was completed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1585, right when the hall was completed, priest hunters scoured the country of England for priests. At that time, it was illegal for a Catholic priest to set foot in England. If they were caught, they were executed. Many people fearing the lives of the priests built priest holes to keep them safe. Seven remain today in Harvington Hall. These holes are ingeniously hidden throughout the halls. If you end up on a tour at Harvington Hall, you can try one of the priest holes in Dr. Dodd’s library (Hisdoryan).