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Secret Chambers and Hiding Places

Historic, Romantic, & Legendary Stories & Traditions About Hiding-Holes, Secret Chambers, Etc.

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Author: Allan Fea
Language: English
Wordcount: 35,242 / 112 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.2
LoC Category: TH
Downloads: 756
Added to site: 2004.11.16 9512

There was little fear of being run to earth with hidden exits everywhere. Wainscoting, solid brickwork, or stone hearth were equally accommodating, and would swallow up fugitives wholesale, and close over them, to "Open, Sesame!" again only at the hider's pleasure.



The capture of Father Garnet and "Little John" with two others, Hall and Chambers, at Hindlip, as detailed in a curious manuscript in the British Museum, gives us an insight into the search-proof merits of Abingdon's mansion. The document is headed: "_A true discovery of the service performed at Hindlip, the house of Mr. Thomas Abbingdon, for the apprehension of Mr. Henry Garnet, alias Wolley, provincial of the Jesuits, and other dangerous persons, there found in January last,_ 1605," and runs on:--

"After the king's royal promise of bountiful reward to such as would apprehend the traitors concerned in the Powder Conspiracy, and much expectation of subject-like duty,



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