Secret Doorway Discovered in London’s House of Commons

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/618912/westminster-hall-secret-doorway

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Earlier this week, England’s Parliament announced that a secret door had been discovered in the walls of Westminster Hall. BBC News reports that the 360-year-old passageway, located in the cloister on Westminster Hall’s west side, opens into a small chamber that would have led right to Westminster Hall if the other entry hadn’t been sealed. There are still traces of that entryway inside the passage, though, which include the original hinges for two wooden doors that would’ve been just under 11.5 feet tall. Liz Hallam Smith, a University of York historical consultant for Parliament, explained that she and her team had been sifting through 10,000 uncatalogued documents about the Palace of Westminster when they uncovered old plans for the doorway, which they then located in person.