An amateur archaeologist is convinced he has located the site of the Holy Grail, buried in a secret crypt under a river in Hounslow, west
Barrie-Jon Bower, 40, from Cinderford, Gloucestershire, has spent years studying the links with the mysterious goblet and an order of monks founded in medieval times.
He believes the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order who were closely tied to the Crusades, brought the Holy Grail back to England on one of their trips to the Holy Land.
Amateur archaeologist, Barrie-Jon Bower, 40, (pictured) has spent years studying the links with the Holy Grail and the Knights Templar, a military order of monks closely tied to the Crusades
He claims to have located the site of the Holy Grail, in secret crypt along with other treasures from the Crusades, in the Duke of Northumberland’s river (pictured) in Hounslow, west London
The sacred relic used by Jesus at the last supper, along with other treasures from the Crusades, is hidden in a secret crypt near a weir at the Duke of Northumberland’s river, he claims.
Mr Bower, who is currently unemployed, says he is ‘certain’ he has found the correct spot and expects this will be ‘one of the greatest finds in history’.
He has now secured the help of the Environment Agency, to divert the river in order to survey the river bed, which he believes is hollow.
Using hired specialist geophysical equipment, costing him £1,000, he will study the ground once the river has been drained as early next year.
Mr Bower says is ‘certain’ he has found the correct spot where the Holy Grail is buried and expects this will be ‘one of the greatest finds in history’. Pictured:
Mr Bower told
‘Now I’ve been in the water it’s made me more certain. It feels hollow. It feels right. There’s something underneath. Why not Hounslow?
‘Finally I am certain this is the right spot. I am certain there will be a vault beneath the surface, with the Grail inside and other treasures from the Crusades.
‘I can’t wait to get started. There are some other reasons as to why I think the Holy Grail is here which I don’t want to reveal.
‘I don’t want rival hunters to get that information. It needs to stay secret. All will be revealed.’
The Holy Grail is traditionally thought to be the cup that Christ drank from at the Last Supper and that Joseph of Arimathea used to collect Jesus’s blood at his crucifixion
The Environment Agency were scheduled to visit the site yesterday but the visit was postponed due to bad weather.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: ‘We are willing to review Mr Bower’s request and see if we are able to support him at another time.
‘We have a statutory role to ensure that any works carried out on a Main River are done in a way that does not cause environmental damage or pose a flood risk.’
The Holy Grail is traditionally thought to be the cup that Christ drank from at the Last Supper and that Joseph of Arimathea used to collect Jesus’s blood at his crucifixion.
The goblet has been shrouded in mystery for centuries with many theories arising as to its location.
In 1818, an Austrian pseudohistorical writer, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, first linked the Holy Grail to contemporary myths surrounding the Knights Templar.