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Welcome to Royston Cave
360° panoramic view of the inside of the Cave.
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Cave is unique in Europe and still largely unexplained. The age of the Cave is uncertain but it is
a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive, with a small aperture at
the top for ventilation. It's most remarkable feature is an extensive
range of wall carvings representing the
Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints, among them St
Katherine, St Laurence and St Christopher. Other carvings are less
easily identified and some have been interpreted as possible pagan
The carvings are medieval in appearance and
some studies of the Cave have drawn comparisons from the wall carvings
and other sources to indicate that it may have been used by the Knights Templar.
Other studies point to the existence of Masonic symbols within the Cave
that could link the Cave to James I who was himself a Freemason and who
maintained a hunting lodge at Royston. Others believe the Cave is a
spiritual centre where two significant ley-lines cross whilst other studies indicate that the Cave may simply have been a hermitage or a prison.
latest research carried out by Philip Lankester, retired curator at the
Royal Armouries in Leeds, indicates that, in his opinion, the carvings
couldn't have been made prior to 1350 which makes it less likely that
the Templars had a hand in the carving.
the case, none of the various theories can claim enough hard evidence
to allow us to say for sure who did the carvings and why. This is
doubly confounded by the fact that no records exist as to its use or
dating is very difficult for a number of reasons including the lack of
organic material and contamination since the Cave was re-discovered.
The Cave remains a mystery and a visit to see for yourself and make up your own mind is a must.