Liverpool City Council has called in experts to study CCTV footage which appears to show a glowing white figure making its way through the grounds of 400 year old Croxteth Hall.
Jason Karl, presenter of Living TV’s Most Haunted, is among the ghost specialists drafted in to investigate, and described the CCTV evidence as “intriguing”.
He said: “Video footage of phantoms is very rare, and if this stands up to scrutiny it could be a very important piece of spectral evidence for the worldwide community of paranormal enthusiasts.”
Councillor Berni Turner, Liverpool city council’s executive member for the environment, said she was keeping an open mind about the investigation. “I’m a huge believer in the paranormal and think this footage is really interesting,” she added. “It’s great to think that we may have ghosts walking around these beautiful grounds.”
City bosses have suggested that the site could be haunted by the 7th Earl of Sefton, Hugh William Osbert Molyneux, who lived at the hall until his death in 1972.
Another theory is that the ghost could be the 2nd Earl of Sefton, William Philip Molyneux, who laid the foundation stone for Aintree Racecourse and is believed locally to revisit the hall every year at the time of the Grand National.
The house was bequeathed to the City of Liverpool when Hugh William Osbert Molyneux died without leaving an heir. His wife, Josephine Gwynne, was the last member of the Molyneux family to live at Croxteth, and died in 1980.