A rabbit hole that leads into a cavern system.
The sanctuary in Shropshire is located under an unassuming set of what appear to be large rabbit holes in a farmer’s field near the town of Shifnal.
The caves, some of which have to be accessed on hands and knees, are one metre underground and are carved out of sandstone. They feature several alcoves and a font.
It remains unclear exactly what the caves were used for or when they were built, but Historic England describes them as a “grotto” and states it appears they have recently been used for “black magic rites”.
The organisation estimated the caves were “probably late C18 or early C19, but undatable” and included “neo-Norman decoration to bays between columns, one neo-Norman doorway with beak-heads and roll moulding; decorative quatrefoils and designs abound”.
The Shropshire Star reports the caves “have also been visited by pagans and druids wanting to hold ceremonies, and are popular at solstice and Halloween”.
They were reportedly sealed by the owners of the land in 2012 to deter vandals and practitioners of “black magic”.
Photographer Michael Scott said: “I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn’t know it was there you would just walk right past it. Considering how long it’s been there it’s in amazing condition, it’s like an underground temple.”
“I had to crouch down and once I was in it was completely silent. There were a few spiders in there but that was it. It was raining so the slope down was quite sludgy but inside the cave was bone dry.”