Man’s 500-Year-Old Home Hides Secret Passage Behind Bookshelf

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It’s like something straight out of a mystery or thriller, and exactly the excitement a homeowner would hope for owning a house that’s 500 years old. Freddy Goodall’s family bought a piece of Sussex property some 30 years ago and renovated it. But there was no accounting for the surprises the house cleverly hid, like the secret passage behind a bookshelf, and so much more.

Goodall shared on TikTok and Instagram how he was “looking through photos of the house from the 1800s” and he noticed a door, with no clue what kind of room it belonged to. “I searched for the door and found a small hole that looked into the hidden room,” he revealed. The surprises were only just beginning.

A secret passage hides a network of tunnels and mysteries

Freddy Goodall's keen eye spotted a door hidden behind a bookshelf in his home
Freddy Goodall’s keen eye spotted a door hidden behind a bookshelf in his home / Instagram

Searching further, Goodall found the passage behind the bookcase revealed secret tunnels otherwise inaccessible. These discreetly hidden features “run all the way from one end of the house to the other,” he shared. But these aren’t just his secret, or even only his house’s secret. Goodall further mused, “When the passageways were in use, I believe there were some running miles underground to nearby buildings and a church.”

The house was renovated 30 years ago but dates back hundreds
The house was renovated 30 years ago but dates back hundreds / Instagram

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But the secret passage behind the bookshelf was not even the only surprise to be found; this area itself held more items of interest. “I found a safe containing old historical documentation relating to the house,” Goodall said. “I have found other artifacts including old books from when the house was a school. I will look for new things in the future.”

The history behind the history

The room likely was for maintenance to be used by household staff
The room likely was for maintenance to be used by household staff / Instagram

It’s just another Tuesday for residents in the historic southeastern English county of Sussex, which dates back to 722 by its original name Suth Seaxe, or “territory of the South Saxons.” The rolling Sussex countryside is rife with history and plenty more buildings with secret lockboxes and passages and mysterious books. In fact, it was very common in noble houses for their to be hidden walkways built just for servants and staff, who could otherwise not walk through the “main” body of the house to perform their duties.

Clues within the hidden basement indicate students might have used this passage when the building served as a school
Clues within the hidden basement indicate students might have used this passage when the building served as a school / Instagram

“I would imagine [the passageways] were used for maintenance purposes,” theorized Goodall, who works as a property developer, “although I found many names inscribed into the wall that looked like school pupils that snuck down there.” He “also found a letter written from the owner of Castle Ashby while visiting the house.” Castle Ashby House is the seat of the Marquess of Northampton. To see a tour of some of this history, check out Goodall’s video below!

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