One of the criminals in Peter Robinson’s Wednesday’s Child uses a “priest’s hole” for his terrible purposes. Such hiding places really do exist! Here’s a link to one example:
The ”priest holes” were designed by Nicholas Owen, a carpenter and stone mason who saw the need for priests to have hiding places to avoid persecution. According to this site, he was forced into hiding himself in 1606, and then tragically caught and executed — without ever disclosing the location of all the priest holes he had constructed.
Posted by KG