In 1583, Francis Ingilby was ordained as a priest, but two years later Elizabeth I declared it a treasonable offence for priests to be present in England. All this had to do with the reformation. Therefore, a secret compartment was made in the Tower especially for Francis to hide himself in times of danger. Sadly, he was unwittingly betrayed and, in 1586, was hung, drawn and quartered. Ghastly. His portrait and prayer book can still be seen in the Knight's Chamber today.
In 1603 King James VI of Scotland stayed at Ripley Castle on his way to London for his Coronation. The Ingilbys did their best to impress the royal visitor, and a magnificent ceiling was installed in the Tower room, which bears King's Arms alongside those of Sir William Ingilby and his wife.
During the Civil War, a group of Royalist prisoners were executed against the Gatehouse wall. The holes made by the musket balls are still visible today.