Pagan temple left abandoned shown in eerie images

  • The haunting shots show a series of hidden passages, structural columns adorned with graffiti and rubble
  • Other atmospheric pictures taken inside the vault near Hagley in Worcestershire show a roman style altar
  • Stunning images taken by Jason Kirkham, who was given special access to the vault before it was resealed
  • Local legend claims it was built by one family as a hiding place for one of its members who was a murderer

Eerie images have revealed the remains of an underground pagan temple that might have been used for occult rituals during the 18th century.

The haunting shots show a series of hidden passages, structural columns adorned with graffiti and rubble that has crumbled from the temple's roof.

Other atmospheric photographs, from the vault near Hagley in Worcestershire, show a roman style altar.

The stunning images were taken by sales advisor Jason Kirkham. To take his pictures, the 44-year-old used a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera.

'I got the idea when I was told about the entrance which had been sealed for years,' he said.

'There are a few tales connected to the underground grotto but I imagine they've been glossed over in the years to create a sense of romance for the listener.

Eerie images have revealed the remains of an underground pagan temple that might have been used for occult rituals during the 18th century

Eerie images have revealed the remains of an underground pagan temple that might have been used for occult rituals during the 18th century

The haunting shots show a series of hidden passages, structural columns adorned with graffiti and rubble that has crumbled from the temple's roof

The haunting shots show a series of hidden passages, structural columns adorned with graffiti and rubble that has crumbled from the temple's roof

The stunning photographs were taken by sales advisor Jason Kirkham. To take his pictures, the 44-year-old used a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera

The stunning photographs were taken by sales advisor Jason Kirkham. To take his pictures, the 44-year-old used a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera

 According to local legend, the vault was built by the family of the hall as a hiding place for one of its members who was a murderer

 According to local legend, the vault was built by the family of the hall as a hiding place for one of its members who was a murderer

 Photographer Jason Kirkham was tipped off about a secret entrance into the vault
 The entrance was resealed shortly after Jason's visit

Photographer Jason Kirkham was tipped off about a secret entrance into the vault, which was resealed after his visit

According to local legend, the haunting vault has not been used for more than 200 years, after it was constructed in the 18th century

According to local legend, the haunting vault has not been used for more than 200 years, after it was constructed in the 18th century

 The temple is full of hazards, including uneven floors, low ceilings and scattered bricks and mortar
 Pictured, one of the vault's many arches

The temple is full of hazards, including uneven floors, low ceilings and scattered bricks and mortar (pictured right, one of the vault's many arches)

The underground vault is made up of several rooms, including main hall, which has a roof about 13-feet high with arches on each side

The underground vault is made up of several rooms, including main hall, which has a roof about 13-feet high with arches on each side

'Local legend has it that it was built by the family of the hall as a hiding place for one of its members who was a murderer.

'Others say it was used for secret pagan rituals or some cult, the reasons for the use of this temple still mystifies archaeologists.

'There are a few rooms to the left and right as you enter down an entrance of about 15 metres (50 feet) before you enter the main room which is a very good height of about 4 metres (13 feet) with arches on either side.'

Jason says that he likes to take pictures of things that have been hidden from people and since his visit, the temple has been resealed to preserve it for the future.

'It's nice to take pictures of things that will captivate an audience that have been hidden from view for years, it's impossible for people not to be interested in that,' he added.

'There were unlevel floors, dust, mud and low ceilings which don't prove to be the best of your friends so taking a good torch is always a good idea in the pitch black.

'With this kind of photography, I want to convey the message to people to always think outside the box and have a good look at what actually could be around you, rather than what is.'

 Other atmospheric shots, from this location near Hagley in Worcestershire, show a roman style altarBricks lay scattered on the floor
 Other atmospheric shots, from this location near Hagley in Worcestershire, show a roman style altar (pictured left)
So dark was the interior of the crumbling ruins, that Jaon was forced to navigate through the maze with a torch

So dark was the interior of the crumbling ruins, that Jaon was forced to navigate through the maze with a torch

 Archaeologists are said to be none the wiser as to the definitive purpose of the 'temple'
 One theory suggests that it was used for the purpose of conducting pagan rituals

Archaeologists are said to be none the wiser as to the definitive purpose of the 'temple', with one theory being that it was used for the purpose of conducting pagan rituals

 

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