Movies like Indiana Jones or Alice in Wonderland always have made us dream of going on an adventure and find a secret world that’s totally different from anything that we’ve seen. But sadly, it rarely ever happens.
As a kid watching fantasy movies you would find yourself pretending to walk through a forest and find your own “fantasy world.” As you get older, just going on vacation to a place you’ve never been would do the trick.
But imagine owning a piece of land. You’re walking around and suddenly you come across a rabbit hole. The kid in you tells you to go and explore it, and surprisingly to you, a network of century old caves is discovered.
Believe it or not, that is exactly what happened to a farmer, who discovered a number of caves near Shifnal in Shropshire, England.
He discovered the Caynton Caves down a rabbit hole. According to reports, the caves were used by followers of the Knights Templar in the 17th century.
The caves are located less than a meter underground and they look like they were built for a new Indiana Jones movie.
Vintage News reports that there are those that believe the caves were built in the 18th/19th century and look more like a “grotto”
There are historians that agree with that assessment. A grotto is usually an artificial, man-made cave built for the purpose of decoration and adding flare to a garden.
These historians describe the caves as including “neo-Norman decoration between columns, one neo-Norman doorway with beak-heads…”
A photographer told the BBC that if you didn’t know the caves were there, you’d probably just walk right past the rabbit hole. The cave is so deep underground, no one could really notice it.
He also told the BBC, “Considering how long it’s been there it’s in a fantastic condition, it’s like an underground temple”. Sounds like a movie scene to us!
The majority of people agree that these caves were used for Black magic ceremonies done by followers of the Knights Templar around the 17th century.
According to Birmingham Mail, because of the cave’s ability to support “the devil’s work” and “dark forces,” it forced owners to seal up the entrance.
Keeping with the ancient followers of the Knights Templar, which was a medieval religious order, the landowners noted that they have tried to accommodate sects that have asked to use the site
But the Daily Mail notes that the owners lost their patience over Christmas when “they found the caves had been filled with candles, sinister symbols and rubbish”
Globe and Mail notes that they had enough after “two red-faced warlocks had the cheek to ask for the return of their robes used in the black magic ceremony”
But even though the caves have two Templar crosses, there are those who doubt that the caves are connected to the Knights Templar.
Vintage News reports that according to Shropshire History “It is unknown when or why it was built but probably was created as a folly in the mid-19th century when considered fashionable”
Regardless of when or what those caves were built for, finding a random rabbit hole that leads to an entirely unknown world sounds pretty awesome to us and we wouldn’t mind checking it out!