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On first sight it's just a regular rabbit hole - standard and 'boring' to any passer by.

However, this isn't the case for this Shropshire setting.

Even the entrance doesn't appear normal once inside. The 'arches' are more that of a hobbit's home rather than the habitat of a bunch of rabbits.

Heading back up the hole

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But back off Bilbo Baggins - this mysterious cave network is estimated to be over 700 years old and belongs to the Knights Templar.

The who?

The Templar was an order among the wealthiest and most powerful in medieval Europe - they helped to fight in the crusades and even created an early form of banking. Think of it as an early incarnation of the Freemasons.

The Knights Templar in a nutshell

  • Founded by French posh-bollocks Hugh de Payens and eight of his companions.
  • Protected Christian pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land after Jerusalem was captured by Crusaders in 1099.
  • They took on vows of poverty, chastity and obedience - pledging themselves ready to die for their beliefs.
  • After disappearing in the 14th century it revived as a movement in 1804.
  • Around 500 members still exist in Italy and there's a branch based in Hertforshire, UK, very randomly.

The group has now become associated with legends, mysteries and secrets (The Da Vinci Code and Assassin's Creed etc) and what better way to show it than a hidden cave?

The mysterious rabbits hole

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A shrine at the temple maybe?

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The ancient site shows beautifully carved arches, a font and a network of walkways.

All were snapped by Michael Scott, who decided to delve deeper after seeing a video about it online.

"I traipsed over a field to find it" the 33-year-old said. "But if you didn't know it was there you would just walk right past it."

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Less than a metre underground it's clear to see how well preserved it is.

"Considering how long it's been there it's in amazing condition" added Scott. The caves may have been damp at the 'door' but further inside [they] were bone dry.

The claustrophobic and the lanky can think twice about getting in, though. The narrow entrance, small rooms and the under six-foot ceiling could present a challenge for the modern-day King Arthur.

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At the time this may have been pretty 'laddy', but what about these modern-day man caves...

Too Bud to be true! Credit: PA Images

So-fa so good! Credit: PA Images

This man has certainly earned his Spurs. Credit: PA Images

No strings attached, one simple man cave. Credit: PA Images

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