Excerpt from Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 1906, Vol. 24
The pictures in this article are from my books on pilgrimages, the originals being photographs taken by another member of our Society, James Watts, of Abney Hall, Cheshire, Esquire.
Since every house contained its secret chamber it may be thought the secret could be easily discovered, but this was not 80. The buildings were irregular, with walls Of varying thickness and rooms lined with oaken panelling. The chimneys were immense, and round them or up them was the commonest place for the hidden closet, for there it could be kept warm and ventilated by another ¿ue. If it were up the chimney it could not be used when the fire was lit, and if the fugitive were up and the pursuers lit a fire to smoke him out he would have to cough or burn.
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