The House That Jack Built
The True Story Behind the Marsden Grotto and the Search for Roman Treasure
- Michael J. Hallowell
15th November 2008
The House That Jack Built is one of the strangest tales in British history, and begins with an old lead miner and his wife who took up residence in a remote cave on a windswept beach in South Shields. A pub was built within the cave and a concerted search initiated to find buried Roman treasure hidden in a complex network of underground caves and tunnels. Before long, a desperate battle took place between Peter Allan -South Shields' real-life Indiana Jones -and a coterie of politicians who were determined to find the treasure hoard before he did. Their goal? To bring about a revolution in Italy. Told for the first time, The House That Jack Built reveals the shocking truth behind one of history's greatest untold stories.