Now, take one medieval abbey, some extensive restoration work and a mysterious bricked up door, hundreds of years old, and you have the makings of a spooky, gothic story.
All those ingredients came together at Hexham Abbey in Northumberland. The rector invited us along to see the mystery resolved.
Derek Proud reports.
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