Two red crosses, similar to those used by bloodthirsty monastic military order the Knights Templar, were snapped at St Mary's Old Church, in Clophill, Beds.
Paul Christian, 35, was shocked to see the historic red cross markers, which resemble those made famous by the Knights Templar – historical warriors which feature in Dan Brown 'The Da Vinci Code'
He visited the site recently during a walk with wife, Rachel, 25, when the couple discovered the blood-red symbols daubed onto the walls of the 400-year- old ruin.
Journalist Paul said: “It was amazing to see what looks like Knights Templar crosses on the wall of the church. I don't know how they got there, but this church is about 400 years old and the Templars
were brutally purged in around 1312, so it would appear either these crosses are the work of yobs with an interest in history, or they are by a secret society of neo-Templars. Either way it is fascinating”
The church is renowned locally for sinister goings-on, with alleged grave robbing in the 1960s and
yobs performing would-be Satanic rites with dead chickens in more recent history.
The site has been so plagued by cranks and weirdos, that CCTV has been installed to ward off night time visitors.
But, refuting Templar involvement, Emily Hakansson, assistant warden, at Clophill Heritage Trust, said: "The crosses you are referring to were uncovered during the restoration of old St Mary's Church and are left over from pre-reformation days in the sixteenth century. These would
have been common in churches, you can actually see them in Canterbury Cathedral, but most were lost over time or painted over during the many religious changes in England over the last five hundred years.
"There would originally have been 14 of these crosses and they were part of 'The Stations of the Cross':
"The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
"The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images - ours are seen as painted red crosses and three and a half are still currently visible. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good , the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred."
She added: "They do not have any connection with the Knights Templar I'm afraid and we are very lucky that they were preserved so that we can still see them today - as I mentioned most were destroyed / painted over or simply lost to time."