An astonishing discovery has just been made, showing that a rabbit hole situated on a farmer’s field leads to an underground sanctuary. Reports claim that the underground site may have been used by devotees of a medieval religious order.
Local legend states that the Caynton Caves, near Shifnal, in Shropshire were previously used by followers of the Knights Templar during the 17th Century. Their original purpose is a mystery, although Historic England believes that the “grotto”, that is located less than a metre underground, was probably built in the late 18th or early 19th Century. This would have been hundreds of years after the Templar order had been dissolved.
In their report, they claim that the structurally untouched caves appear to have been used for “black magic rites” by modern-day visitors. Michael Scott, from Birmingham, who went to photograph the caves after seeing a video of them online, 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.”
The tunnel follows to a network of walkways, arches and a fort, all of which are carved out of sandstone. Scott claimed that the cave was “quite cramped”, explaining that there was such a lack of space in some chambers that you have to enter on your hands and knees. He said, “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. It was raining so the slope down was quite sludgy but inside the cave was bone dry.”
In 2012, the caves were sealed up in an attempt to close the underground area off to vandals and practitioners of “black magic”. Speculation and discussion has now begun questions who the “Templars” were. Reports by the BBC explain that “The Catholic military order was founded in the 12th Century to guard pilgrims on their way along the dangerous roads that led to Jerusalem. Its members were effectively armed monk-like knights who were granted certain legal privileges and whose status was backed by the Church. They were reputed to be the possessors of great wealth and power.
“In 1095, Pope Urban II promised the knights of Europe forgiveness of their sins if they went on a Crusade to win back Jerusalem for Christianity. Many responded by “taking the cross” and showed this act by cutting out red crosses before sewing them into their tunics.”
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