Some investigators believe the Templars were using a network of Neolithic caves throughout the UK for religious/mystical purposes. Royston is a bell shaped cave, man made or shaped with a ventilation hole. Some believe the symbols carved on the wall bear an uncanny resemblance to Templar images seen at their properties throughout Europe and the Middle East. Others that the strange inscriptions in the cave at Royston are a form of hieroglyphic text that the Templars discovered in outremer – an ancient form of writing long forgotten.
Let’s just look at what those who oversee the cave today say is in there: a carving of Saint Christopher near the entrance, the dog head saint carrying Jesus; Saint Katherine, revered by the Order is nearby, Saint Lawrence complete with gridiron that he was brutally martyred on top of and a figure with a sword who could either be Saint George or more likely, Saint Michael the Archangel. He is pointing to the apostles, the smallest of whom is the traitor Judas (author of a gnostic gospel as well all know).
Richard the Lionheart has been identified with his queen Berengaria of Navarre whose crown is above her head but not on top of it, as her status as crowned queen seems to have been disputed. The poor woman also had to contend with the Lionheart’s alleged preference for chaps over the ladies. All good fun with the squires and knights no doubt.
There is a figure that looks almost Celtic in its crude simplicity who was wrongly credited as King William of Scotland – mainly because a ‘WR’ is scrawled on him. More likely to be Saint David. Unfortunately, the cave is covered in the grafitti of idiots who have seen fit to leave their names there – as if posterity would remember them on account of that act of vandalism.
If Royston is a Templar creation, it does beg the question of whether the Templars had other similar cave-like places of worship. Caves have always been mystical places seen as bringing worshippers closer to the subterranean Gods but as the Templars, like all Christians, worshipped as sky god, it’s hard to see what the significance would be.