This story has all the makings of an Indiana Jones movie or some reboot of Alice in Wonderland. A British man, examining what appeared to be totally normal rabbit hole, actually might belong to the Knights Templar of the 17th century. This guy is going to definitely have a yarn to tell his grandkids.
Less than a meter underground, the caves are in remarkable condition, but you wouldn’t think anything of them just by looking inside the entrance. Once you descend into the hole, you start to notice that things are a little different on the inside. Check out this video tour of the space.
The caves opens into a ritualistic-like space. There are arches, and semi-circular arrangements to the room, clear areas for candles and other indicators of a spiritually inclined space. Apparently, some modern day visitors use the caves for “black magic rites” according to the BBC. Fortunately, Michael Scott, a photographer, was there to capture high-res photos of the space. He also told the BBC that the space was quite small, and apparently well preserved. He said “I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn’t know it was there you would just walk right past it. Considering how long it’s been there it’s in amazing condition, it’s like an underground temple.“
To a casual listener it also sounds pretty spooky. "I had to crouch down and once I was in it was completely silent. There were a few spiders in there but that was it.” What is a set of ancient ruins without a solid dose of arachnophobia?
The Knights Templar were one of the most elite fighting units of the crusades, and were credited with developing critical financial protocols that were highly influential to the development of currency. Originally started in the 12th century, the Knights were essentially bodyguards to pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem. To recruit the elite units to the cause of the Crusades, Pope Urban II offered an insanely lucrative deal to the pious minds of the day. Fight in and liberate Jerusalem, and receive a “get out of jail free” card for your sins.
It is unclear what the space was used for by the Knights of Templar, or if it was truly them who used it. The caves discovery seems to match local legend that the Caynton Caves in Shropshire were used by The Knights, but it is as yet of inconclusive.
Regardless, I want to know what modern day “black magic rites” have happened there. Maybe this is where English scientologists congregate.