A MEDIEVAL MYSTERY AT THE CROSSROADS

A MEDIEVAL MYSTERY AT THE CROSSROADS

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By P. T. Houldcroft     ISBN 0-9511722-6-3    Close to the crossroads of the ancient Icknield Way and Ermine Street, in the centre of the market town of Royston in Hertfordshire, is a man made cave. It was a secret place discovered under Royston's butter market in 1742. Seventeen feet in diameter and over 25 feet high, the lower ten feet is covered with low relief carvings of the Saints Christopher, Katherine, Lawrence and George, a memorial to a man being burned at the stake and a symbolic grave for a death and rebirth ritual. Some of the carvings are clearly heretical and there are numerous references to early Freemasonry. Royston Cave was not just a hole in the ground casually decorated, it was a carefully planned stage on which a ritual of initiation was carried out. 

The author, a retired research engineer, has been managing this Grade 1 national monument for seventeen years. By examining the carvings in detail he has been able to unravel much of their meaning and consequently the purpose of the Cave. His research experience has also enabled him to reconstruct the appearance of the original wooden platform, that rotted away before the Cave was rediscovered, in the form of a scale model. A truly fascinating story

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