Community News – April Update from Royston Cave

On the 23rd April, it will be Saint George’s Day, the patron saint of England.

The earliest account of St George comes from the Coptic Church in Egypt, he was a Roman soldier, born in 280AD in present-day Turkey. He denied orders which deprived Christians of their civil rights as well as distributing his wealth to the poor and he was eventually beheaded on Emperor Diocletian’s orders.

During the First Crusade, stories were told of St George leading an army of white horses, confusing the enemy, and forcing them to flee. He also was supposed to have assisted with the siege of Jerusalem while holding a banner with a red cross on it, a motif worn by all those who dedicated themselves to the Holy cause at that time.

Now known as the St George Flag, this emblem was chosen by King Henry II of England during the Third Crusade, and King Richard I continued to use it. Seen as Richard’s protector in battle he became known as the ‘Warrior Saint’.

On the southern wall of the cave, there stands a military figure, which is thought to be a carving of this popular saint. He appears to be wearing plate armour, and a cross inscribed on his chest. Reports from historians who visited the cave shortly after its discovery note that the figure was painted red, but any trace of paintwork has since disappeared.

Why not visit the cave and see this carving, as well many others, that have been carved on the walls by unknown hands. Learn about the discovery, history and theories of this special place.

The Cave is open between the 6th April and 29th September, tours are held in the afternoons every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday. Tickets will only be available by booking in advance, online, via the website.

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