Royston Cave 2022: A Year of Discovery

Royston Cave 2022: A Year of Discovery

This month we’re posting the final piece in our series of online articles exploring the cave’s many theories as we delve into the mysterious world of the Freemasons.

We’ll uncover the carvings with alleged links to freemasonry and unveil the Mason rites and ceremonies that may have been performed there.

We’ll also be publishing a transcription of a book by Reverend Charles Parkin, written in 1744. In his publication, Parkin refuted William Stukeley’s claim that the cave was a private chapel for local noblewoman Lady Roisia, suggesting instead that it was a Hermitage. An argument ensued and Stukeley published a second book in response. Both books will be available to view later in the month in our online archive:

Plus, we’ll be launching tickets for our hotly-anticipated Christmas events. On 3rd December, descend into Royston Cave for a truly magical Santa’s Grotto. Meet Father Christmas, receive your mystery gift and experience our unique, underground winter wonderland. Then, on 10th December, we welcome the annual return of our hugely popular Cave by Candlelight weekend. Come and see the cave’s carvings by flicker of candlelight for our most mystical event of the year!

Tickets for both events go on general sale on 5th November, or sign up to our newsletter by 1st November for early-bird access.

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