It took a Shropshire family 3 years to explore a metal grate in a passage of their home. They had apparently wondered what it was there for but had never taken their curiosity further.
The Mail online reports that during a family celebration when the Farla family had had a few drinks, the conversation led to what lay behind the grid. Gareth Farla and Matthew Lathan took their courage in their hands and squeezed through the hole when the grid had been removed.
They were amazed to discover what appeared to be a chapel. A large wooden cross lay rotting on the floor where it had fallen. The walls were lined with stone benches that could have been pews. There was also a big wooden box which had newspapers inside. A cursory examination revealed that they were dated from the 1930’s. The family did not want to disturb the contents until they had been examined by someone in authority.
As the exploration continued they discovered stairs leading up and came out into a cupboard in the dining room.
The house has been refurbished. The title deeds are 230 years old. The history of the place suggests that it was at some point a pub. The cellar could have been used to store stock for the upstairs pub. It could also have been used as a bunker during the war.