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Content coming soon :-)

Update 18/09/17 – links to currently uploaded posts added below. I have some posts yet to be written. I also need to add an intro to this post :-)

Update 25/07/23 – I still need to write the intro ;-)



Imprisoned – John Gerard, Catholic Priest, 1597

John Gerard’s story told in the Salt Tower, Tower of London

The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest by John Gerard

Book Review

St Nicholas Owen Priest-Hole Maker by Tony Reynolds

Book Review

Blessed John Wall

Glass window dedication at Harvington Hall


Traquaire – The House

A refuge for Catholic priests

Little Malvern Priory

A safe house for Catholics with an chapel in the attic and what may have been secret access to the chapel

Moseley Old Hall

An Old Catholic family provides refuge for Charles I

Harvington Hall – Priest Hides

A tour of the priest hides in pictures and words

The Chapel – Harvington Hall

Attic chapel with a hide for ‘massing stuff’

Ye Olde Bell

Guesthouse with a secret tunnel to the nearby Priory – Used by Lord Lovelace of Hurley (a plotter of the ‘Glorious Revolution’)

Hurley Priory

History, Lord Lovelace connection and secret tunnels.

Dorney Court and its Recusancy Connections

This house reveals a recently discovered priest hole that is thought to be connect to Burnham Abbey via a secret passage.

The Old Bishop’s Palace – Ely

A prison for 32 Catholic recusants between 1588-97


After King Henry VIII parted from the Church of Rome and declared himself Head of The Church of England missionary priests were able to continue their teachings in Arundel.


Remember Remember…

An account of the Gunpowder Plot

The Habington Chest

Habington’s chest in the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

The Birthplace of Guido Fawkes

Guido Fawkes, was caught in the basement of the Houses of Parliament as he prepared to ignite hidden barrels of gunpowder.

4 Comments CherryPie on Sep 17th 2017

4 Responses to “Faith, Recusancy and Priest Holes”

  1. Amfortas says:

    Waiting….. waiting….. :)

    I am sure it will be worth the wait.

    • CherryPie says:

      I have updated this post now with the posts that I have published. I have more unpublished posts to come (still thoughts in my head that need formulating into posts) ;-) I also need to add an introduction above the links…

  2. Fascinating stuff, CP. You might enjoy Antonia Fraser’s “Gunpowder Plot – Terror & Faith in 1605″ if you haven’t come across it. She sets the event in context so well – and the story unfolds like a good novel.