Ghostly figure photographed in window of Cumbria guesthouse

Demolition workers photograph ‘ghost of former guesthouse worker’

Demolition workers were given a fright after photographing a ghostly figure peering through the window of a derelict Victorian guesthouse.

David Grimshaw, a former resident at the property, said he was convinced the figure is the ghost of his mother, who died nearly a year ago aged 87.

He believes her spirit may have appeared to protest at the demolition of Meadowbank House, which she adored.

“That is my mother. I’m totally convinced ā€“ no one else looks like that. She had glasses and big earrings and she used to wear a dress with a bow at the front,” he said.

Demolition supervisor Robert Johnson, 38, of Heysham, took the photograph of the house shortly before it was knocked down, earlier this week but it was only later that he noticed the ghostly figure.

Tip: Fortean Times

Yep, it does look very convincingly like a woman, jewelry and everything. But that does not mean that it is an actual ghost. If this is the best we can do for ghost evidence, it’s not enough to convince me since worldly explanations may still apply.

  5 comments for “Ghostly figure photographed in window of Cumbria guesthouse

  1. Ben Radford
    January 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    “Iā€™m totally convinced ā€“ no one else looks like that.”

    Really? No one else looked like that patch of light and dark shades in the window? Or no one else looked like your mother, because other 87-year-old women all look completely different?

  2. Joe Gemsy
    January 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    I am equally skeptical. I have no doubt that there is a worldly explanation for what we are seeing. This is not a picture of this man’s 87 year old mother.

    A thought just occurred to me. If there were ghosts, then where would they come from? Some would likely suggest from the energy of the living person. So let’s say for a moment we excepted that as a working theory. Wouldn’t these ghosts have to be naked? How do the clothes from their lives make it over to the other side? The clothes were never alive and we know for a fact what happens to clothes as the decompose.

    So we have a man that claims to see his recently deceased mother and it is her based on an outfit that she used to wear? I don’t think so.

    Unfortunately we will never really know what we are really seeing since the building is gone and I doubt there would be any way to discover the truth by analyzing the photograph.

  3. January 27, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I’ve raised this argument again and again, but folks make up their own rules to clothe the ghosts who haunt. Mostly it’s about how the energies that surround them in life encompass the clothing, which is why ghosts are always seen wearing the clothing of their time. Kind of like energy photocopies that occured at death. Of course there are no reliable studies that can prove such nonsense, but who needs studies when you can make it all up.

  4. LREKing
    January 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    My brain interprets the information my eyes send it as a dark-haired woman (because of the possible earring) in a white blouse and brown sweater. Or maybe a young man or woman with iPod earbuds. The brain tries to match shapes with memories.

    People “see” what they want to see and, once you see it, it is very difficult to unsee (try it for yourself). This guy saw his mother.

    But that does not mean either one of us is right.

  5. Massachusetts
    January 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Couldn’t someone be standing behind the window, and the window is smudged and perhaps wet so you don’t get a clear view? I mean an actual live person, probably a woman?

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