At first glance, Daniel Carey thought that he had gotten a great deal at his new, ground floor, studio apartment.
It was such a great deal in fact, that he decided to sign the lease without even seeing the space. As it turned out, this was not the run-of-the-mill apartment Daniel had anticipated. He had no idea about the apartment’s true value, nor was he prepared for the secrets his new place apparently held…
The apartment, as it turned out, was a conversion of an old monastery that was said to have been built sometime in the 1800s. The kitchen/living room had high, vaulted ceilings, and a mezzanine bedroom, all of which seemed unusual in old conversions such as these. Daniel had barely moved in when he started exploring the new flat.
He hadn’t even been there a week when Daniel uncovered something remarkable. He decided to pick up his camera and upload his findings to YouTube and imgur. The results of his investigation went viral, with over five million views on Youtube alone. He had discovered his new apartment’s most spectacular secret…
The secret apparently, was a link to the building’s intriguing history. It had once been home to an order of 19th century monks. Daniel tried to research the property, but came up empty. It seemed that every trace of the old building’s past had disappeared. Well, almost…
A Trap Door?
Whilst exploring his new digs, Daniel noticed a strange, brass handle in the floorboards just outside his bathroom door. He had no clue what he had stumbled upon. Yet, despite his reluctance, he found that his curiosity was urging him to further explore this mystery.
A Secret Hatch
His realtor had not mentioned a secret door in the lease, nor had his landlord said anything about a basement space being included with the ground floor flat. Daniel could only guess at what the cleverly concealed hatch held.
Opening the Door
Daniel couldn’t resist. Indeed, who could? The Irishman decided that it was worth the risk He had to take the chance, and open the secret door…
A Storage Cubby?
Depressingly, all Daniel found beneath the door was a bit of underfloor storage for toolboxes, spare lanterns, and dried-up, old paint cans. But could there be more beneath it?
The new tenant dug deeper, clearing away some of the old tools and paintbrushes. The junk had been sitting atop a set of stone steps, which tumbled down to what appeared to be a secluded lair. To Daniel’s delight, it seemed that the secret door in the bathroom floor, held even more secrets to explore.
That is Definitely a Staircase
Though as frightening as the hole appeared at first glance, the brick-worked walls beneath the stairs were an indication that something perhaps more mysterious and possibly sinister lurked deep in the bowels of his new flat.
“We have a dungeon.” exclaimed Daniel, happily. He couldn’t believe his luck. Still, as excited as he was about the prospect of having his very own dungeon, he was still unsure of what was actually down there. Who knew how far back his dungeon went? And who knew what might be living beneath his floorboards?
Exploring the Dungeon
Daniel suspected that his dungeon ran the length of the old building, so he sealed the hatch ( in an effort to keep whatever might be living there locked safely in the dungeon) and decided to call for some backup. He quickly phoned a friend, then proceeded with his archeological apartment expedition.
Beneath the Neighbors
A layout of shadowy corridors and dark, hidden rooms greeted the urban explorers and they traversed the treacherous tunnels. Daniel and his friend explored the stone cavern and soon found that the dungeon stretched on, even further into the foundation of the ancient building…
As they investigated, they noticed that there was an additional hidden space above the crumbling, splintered ceiling; between the apartments. This meant that perhaps none of Daniel’s next door neighbors had realized that there was a secret space beneath their feet.
19th Century Architecture
The old basement was a fine, albeit weathered example of 19th century brickwork. What were once beautiful, vaulted ceilings adorned hatches and windowsills throughout the previously cloistered dungeon. But there were even more shocking discoveries to come…
The gloom of the dungeon pathway between the various rooms was littered with broken bricks, exposed pipes, loose wires, and cracked, wooden planks. The tunnels underneath the building were seemingly endless and there still appeared to be many secrets left to explore.
It seemed that Daniel Cary was not the only person to stumble upon the secret dungeon in basement in recent years. They found strange, modern graffiti littering the walls, likely referencing the local Coventry City Football Club. Though how they had come to be there was a mystery in and of itself.
A Monk’s Crypt?
As the adventurous tenant delved further into the dungeon he found a curious, coffin-shaped bench in the corner, which could have been the top of a raised, burial crypt. While most would be frightened by such a macabre piece, Daniel Cary saw potential.
Actually a Nice Space
Despite being a bit damp and dusty, Daniel considered the basement to be a beautiful bonus space to the already ample and affordable upstairs chamber. Still, even with a friend to help him explore it, the dungeon had it’s share of creepy accoutrements, including the brick shrine in the corner of the largest chamber.
Though he couldn’t prove it, Daniel believes that this altar might have been used many years after the initial closing of the monastery for pagan rituals of a sacrificial nature. Despite all this, the happy tenant was determined to make the dank, sizable space completely livable in time…altars and all.
After some additional investigation, Daniel Cary found that the apartment had been recently renovated, but that the dungeon, now his, had remained untouched. He admits that, “As cool as having your own dungeon is, it’s still very scary living above it by yourself.”