Explorer left speechless after stumbling upon 'Knights Templar' cave under a tree

By Alahna Kindred

A YouTuber was left speechless when he stumbled on what he believed is a "Knights Templar" cave under a tree.

Brendan James, 29, stumbled upon the cave in Shifnal, Shrops., after a friend read about it online.

The explorer took his 3,000 subscribers on a virtual journey as he filmed himself exploring the cave.

Locals have long claimed that the Caynton Caves were used by the Knights Templar in the 17th century.

Historic England described the cave as a "grotto" and believe it was built in the 18th century - a few hundred years after the Templar order was disbanded.

Brendan said he was left feeling claustrophobic and uneasy while down in the grotto.

The entrance is a small hole underneath a tree - easy for anyone to miss.

He said: "We went into it, and it is a small crawl space which leads to a huge sandstone cave.

"You wouldn't think in a million years it would be there."

This is the hole under the tree in Shifnal, Shrops. that Brendan explored (Brendan Explores/Youtube)

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Brendan admitted he was sceptical at first.

Even though the cave has been linked to the medical military group, it is likely to be a Victorian folly.

Brendan said: "There were some photos online, but nothing of significance.

"But when I went down there it opened my eyes. It was expansive.

"Someone had been down there and put in the effort to make such beautiful carvings.

Historic England believe this 'grotto' is a Victorian folly and was built after the Knights Templar disbanded (Brendan Explores/Youtube)

"It must have looked pristine when it was first done."

The cave is covered with graffiti and Brendan also found a picture of a man in a "ritual room".

He also discovered a semi-collapsed wall - which sparked concerns over the safety of the structure.

He said: "I didn't think I was claustrophobic, but I was thankful to get out."

Brendan left the cave after about half an hour of exploring because he said he started to feel a little dazed.

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