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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. Believed to date from the 14th Century, 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.
The latest research, however, indicates the carvings were made some time after 1350 which adds further to the debate.
is certain though is that there is very little hard evidence to support
the various theories as no records exist as to its use or purpose and
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 is a mystery and a visit to see for yourself and make up your own mind is a must.