Farmer follows rabbit hole—and discovers stunning medieval Knights of Templar cave underground

August 14, 2017 6:43 pm Last Updated: August 14, 2017 6:43 pm

We’ve all seen videos, pictures, and memes of various animals doing all shorts of crazy things from interacting with different and unexpected species or devising creative solutions. But this rabbit might have them all beat—having discovered an incredible 700-year-old network of underground caves while digging its home in a farmer’s field.

Just imagine this farmer’s surprise when, peering through the rabbit hole, he realized it was much deeper than first expected. It’s another normal day in your rural life as a farmer. There you are, inspecting your fields when all of sudden a rabbit hole with extraordinary depth catches your attention.

Just imagine what he must have felt when he discovered what this stunning structure really was.

The farmer has chosen to remain anonymous, but upon discovery, photographer Michael Scott caught the magical caves on camera.

“I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn’t know it was there you would just walk right past it,” Scott said.

“Considering how long it’s been there it’s in amazing condition, it’s like an underground temple.”

“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.”

 

All that took place in Caynton Hall, near Beckbury, Shropshire, England.

What’s more interesting is that the remarkable Caynton Caves network–as the complex of caves is now named–has been discovered before. There’s more mystery and empty pages in books when it comes to the history of this place than one could hope for.

In any case, it was thanks to photographer Michael Scott, that those “mystery caves” received widespread publicity back in March, this year. And with all the attention they’ve drawn, it’s still surprising to find out how little we know as a fact for that place.

Though most of the trustworthy sources date the Caynton Caves back to the 19th century, both public opinion and urban legend has it that the sanctuary was first created somewhat 700 years ago, from Knights Templar, an infamous military order that served the Catholic church and was a contributory factor in the outcome of the Crusades.

That could explain the decorative style of the caves which consist of a Romanesque Revival style of stoned hallowed chambers hand-carved archways, unidentified symbols and niches apparently made for candles.

As far-fetched that may seem, keep in mind that there are recorded incidents of people reenacting rituals and oaths performed by the Templar Knights within the last century as well.

On the other hand, Historic England along with historian and author Dan Jones, tend to believe that with no tangible proof to connect the place to the Templar Knights, it is much more likely that the sanctuary is actually nothing more than a grotto that was created due to quarrying operations during the mid 19th century. As for the inside decoration, they mentioned that since that land has been private for the last couple of centuries, the Legge family could have something to do with that.

While both of those stories sound fascinating, there has been more action going on to that cave than you’d think. In 2012 the owners were reportedly forced to seal the entrance to the caves, in order to keep at bay vandals and people who performed black magic rituals. It was only until recently that the entrance reopened allowing Scott to visit the place and share with the world his breath-taking pictures.

So, what could those caves be? A well preserved medieval catholic temple? A private grotto created in the late 1700s or the early 1800s? Whatever it is, it still radiates a mysterious aura that takes the visitor back in time and leaves them wondering what people are capable of after all.

Next time you see a rabbit, make sure to follow it to its hole just in case. You will probably not find your way to Alice’s Wonderland, but perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to discover another man-made cave!