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June 16, 2017

Medieval Cave and the Knights Templar

A medieval cave has recently been discovered beneath a farmer's field in Shropshire. Apparently the cave was used by a religious order that fought in the Crusades. The Knights Templar would have used this cave and walked its labrynthe of corridors in the 13th Century.

Continue reading this fascinating story Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British countryside

One of my ancestors, the Dutchman Jan Damen,  was part of the Crusades and he is in a painting by Jan van Scorel circa 1541.

Jan Damen, far right, one of five members of the Utrecht Brotherhood of Jerusalem Pilgrims

1 comment:

Wayne Shepheard said...

Regarding the post on the purported newly-discovered 700-year old caves in Shropshire, they are neither newly-discovered or possibly that old. See Snopes article at

They were certainly well-known by 2000 and actively studied and were sealed up in 2012 to protect them from vandals. The caves may actually be no older than the late 1800s.

We need to be careful when attributing ages to man-made parts of the landscape just as we are to documents.