SP0860 : Priest's hole, Coughton Court, Warwickshire

taken 6 years ago, near to Coughton, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Priest's hole, Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Priest's hole, Coughton Court, Warwickshire
The Throckmorton family who owned Coughton Court from 1409 until 1946 were and are a Catholic family. They remained true to their faith even during the days of the Reformation in the 1530s when Catholics were persecuted by the Protestant Elizabethans. Catholic priests were especial targets and were liable to be executed if caught. Catholic houses therefore would have secret compartments installed where priests could hide when government forces were searching for them. They had to be carefully constructed so that there were no obvious signs that they existed. The priest's hole at Coughton Court comprises two compartments one above the other. The thinking was that, should the upper compartment be discovered, and found to be empty, the searchers would assume that they had missed their prey and move on when all the while the priest was hidden in the lower compartment.
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 9 June, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Housing, Dwellings  Religious sites  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 082 606 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.6114N 1:52.8004W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 082 606
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