Brit finds 'underground temple' down rabbit hole

A man in Britain has gone done a rabbit hole - and just like Alice, found a wonderland of sorts.

Michael Scott from Birmingham, England, found a giant medieval cave that is thought to have been a home for both Christian knights in medieval times and black magic practitioners more recently.

The grotto, which is located in a field on a farmer's property, is less than a metre below the ground and appears to be almost untouched since it was used a few centuries ago.

Since his discovery, the cave system has been kitted out with lights to accentuate all its features.

Mr Scott went looking for the underground fissure known as the Caynton Caves, which are thought to have been used by followers of the Catholic military order the Knight Templars in the 17th century.

"I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn't know it was there you would just walk right past it," he told the BBC.

"Considering how long it's been there it's in amazing condition - it's like an underground temple."

The Knight Templar group was founded after Pope Urban II said people would have their sins forgiven if they were to cause Jerusalem to turn back to Christianity - but the roads leading to the city were dangerous, and the Templars would accompany them as guards.

The cave system in Birmingham was one of the places they would meet together - but according to a Historic England report, it appears to have been frequented by people practising black magic in recent decades.