Rabbit Hole in Farmer’s Field Leads to 700-Year-Old Medieval Knights Templar Cave
News| | By Jason Owen
If you didn’t know it was there, you would just walk by an unassuming rabbit hole in the middle of a field in Shropshire, England. But less than a meter below the ground lies a relic with ties dating back to the Crusades.
Recently, a farmer discovered that a hole in his field was actually the entrance to a medieval cave used by followers of the Knights Templar, the famous religious order that fought during the Crusades. The cavern dates back 700 years and is an intricate maze of walkways and rooms hidden beneath the ground. Photographer Michael Scott, from Birmingham, descended down into the cavern after hearing about the discovery online.
“I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn’t know it was there you would walk right past it,” said 33-year-old Scott.
Scott explored the Knights Templar cave, which is eerily lit with rows of candles throughout the walkways.
While locals in the area believe the caves date back to the historical religious order, some are not convinced of the legend.
According to the BBC, Historic England believes the cavern is actually a “grotto” built around the late 18th or early 19th century. Their estimates would date the finding hundreds of years after the Templar order ended. Historic England believes the caves were used for “black magic rites.”
Either story carries historical significance. How exciting would it be if you discovered something like this Knights Templar cave in your backyard? Share this stunning find with your friends!