Mysterious 700-Year-Old Cave Rediscovered Through Unassuming Rabbit Hole

As anyone who’s been walking in the countryside will know, rabbit holes are a pretty common occurrence. At best, they’re a chance to spot a few furry friends while you’re out on your ramble. At worst, they’ll cause you to snap your ankle in the most horrible way.

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However, in one field in Shropshire, UK, a rabbit hole is more than just a painful health and safety hazard. Instead, this rabbit hole is the entrance to a series of secret 700-year-old caves built by the secretive Knights Templar.The Caynton Caves are hidden in dense woodland near Shifnal, Shropshire, and have lain untouched for several years. The caves were carved out of sandstone by followers of the Knights Templar, a Medieval religious order.Images taken inside the caves are rare, because they’ve been closed for five years after the landowners grew tired of incessant requests from curious visitors. The owners would often return to the caves to find them covered with litter and full of graffiti. One photographer however, was lucky enough to gain access – and the resulting photos are stunning.

The photos come from photographer Michael Scott from Birmingham, who set out to capture the incredible cave after seeing a video of it online. His images capture the true wonder and beauty of the ancient caves.Scott 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. It’s probably less than a metre underground, so it’s more into the field than under it. Considering how long it’s been there it’s in amazing condition, it’s like an underground temple.”He added: “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.”The caves were designed as an imitation of the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There are also rumours that the caves have since been visited by pagans and druids, who used them for their own religious ceremonies. If you were hoping to check them out for yourself, I’m afraid the caves are still closed off to the public. However, I’m sure you could find a local druid or two who will be able to show you the way in.

 

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