By Amanda Froelich | True Activist
Don’t be fooled by what appears to be an ordinary rabbit hole peeking out the side of a hill in Shropshire, England. Seemingly innocent, the small opening is actually an entrance to The Caynton Caves, a 700-year-old underground hideout. And, like any cave system, there’s an extraordinary history attached to the wonder…
Metro reports that the ancient space once belonged to The Knights Templar, a feared Catholic military order, the derived its power and wealth by fighting in the Crusades. As time passed, the underground system was eventually utilized by druids, pagans, and other secretive religious sects.
In 2012, the owners of the property blocked off the space due to being annoyed by the constant flow of visitors. Fortunately, Birmingham-based photographer Michael Scott was afforded the opportunity to walk the tunnels and document the mythical pace. The 33-year-old artist commented:
“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.
What looks to be a rabbit hole is actually an entrance to a cave network…
The Caynton Caves once belonged to the Knights Templar…
…and are over 700 years old!
The Knights Templar was a feared Catholic military order that built its power and wealth by fighting in the Crusades.
Later, pagans and druids took over the cave system to practice their religious beliefs.
Though the network was closed to the public in 2012, photographer Michael Scott was allowed to enter…
…and he documented the space for all to see!
“If you didn’t know it was there you would just walk right past it,” Michael said.
“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.”
Take a journey through the caves by watching the following video:
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