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TV spotlight on cathedral's 'buried treasure'

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: December 11, 2008

<P>City treasure hunter Callum Jensen.</P>

City treasure hunter Callum Jensen.

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Lincoln Cathedral's alleged secret stash of treasure is to be the subject of a TV programme.

City treasure hunter and author Callum Jensen is set to discuss his theories in an episode of psychology programme Gardiner's World.

The 52 year-old, who has written several books under the pen name Dan Green, believes there is a series of secret tunnels under the cathedral, which contain treasure left by the Knights Templar.

The show is screened on Sky satellite channel Edge Media TV and filming is due to begin in January.

"Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code bubble has burst but the Lincoln Cathedral code is still alive," said Mr Jensen.

"Until someone has a look at my location and discovers nothing then the possibilities of what could be there are exciting.

"I got a call out of the blue for the television show. Philip Gardiner's programmes are all about codes and freemasonry."

Gardiner's World host and author Phil Gardiner said he was looking forward to discussing the cathedral's symbolic mysteries with Mr Jensen.

"Certainly Lincoln with its immense heritage has more chance of having something interesting there," he said.

"These were stories in stone created by many people during periods of great change, such as the Civil War, or the periods of religious intolerance and so a lot of things were often hidden."

For more on Mr Jensen's theories, see Thursday's Echo.

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    PAT, Dunston  |  December 11 2008, 9:53PM

    you may be right about Roman drains..If so..very impressed with the vaulted ceilings to them. Whatever is found (or not) surely a program about the cathedral will stimulate interest. Good for Lincolns' tourist industry?

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    tony, lincoln  |  December 11 2008, 7:46PM

    Pat, many tunnels exist in the upper hill area. There has been stories of secert hidaways, escape routes and such. The castle has a lot of tunnels as well, all blocked off. This is why the spring hill area slides and buildings like the Judges' Lodging has wide cracks in the walls. My personal opinion concerning the tunnels, (not being a treasure hunter), is that underground drainage was put in during the early days of the castle and catherdal. In fact from an earlier period, Roman drainage, (much smaller) was found when the St Giles new fire station was built and a lot is also around various parts of the city. Alas imagination is often greater than boring truth.

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    The Strict Governess, Lincoln  |  December 11 2008, 6:16PM

    I went on a rooftop tour of the cathedral not long ago and the guide scotched any stories about there being tunnels as the underlying rock wasn't suitable or something. Anyway, I'm sure if Mr Jensen stumps up the £3 or however much it costs he'll find out without having to go to all the time and expense of making a TV show.

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    Callum, Lincoln  |  December 11 2008, 5:48PM

    I hope people will forgive me for popping up on my own article, but Pat, that's a great anecdote, and so similar to the many others I have received. Would you be so kind as to contact me via The Echo so that I can contact you direct over this?

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    pat, DUNSTON  |  December 11 2008, 5:38PM

    I have a vague recollection of being on a school trip from Boston in the early 50s and being shown a series of tunnels found under the floor of the Cathedral. We were told these would be permanately sealed off as they were unsafe. As I was a giggly school-girl totaly disinterested in History I now regret not paying attention..I would love to know if my memory of this was right

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