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CCTV footage which appears to have captured an apparition making its way through the grounds of Croxteth Park
CCTV footage which appears to have captured an apparition making its way through the grounds of Croxteth Park

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.

Croxteth Hall CCTV video


Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  • Gary

    Personally, I think this one will get chalked up to a bug on the lens. It’s luminosity appears to remain the same from start to finish, although it is interesting to note that as it steps onto the walkway, you could almost see the dark edge of the grass through it (or is it a trick of the eye/brain?). Now what I do notice, is that as it moves onto the walkway, it makes a shift in direction of movement. This is important because a bug would not move without turning, which would change the way it would appear. The ‘figure’ would rotate and move in the direction of travel. The apparition in question does not rotate, and remains constant. A bug would have to ‘sidestep’ in order to move like the appartition did. I think it is a credible video, as long as it stands up to scrutiny.

  • Gary,

    It is odd. On the youtube version of it, you can see that the luminous object steps onto the walkway. I don’t know if it’s eye/brain trickery, but it does appear to have a walking bounce to it.

    Check it:


  • Marie

    Thanks for posting the video – All I could find yesterday was the still photo. I have to vote bug crawling down the lens. I think the “walking bounce” is a result of the slow shutter speed – or whatever you call it with a video camera.
    Of course, it also arouses the skeptic in me whenever I see “intriguing” and “Most Haunted” in the same sentance.Can they not find someone a little more open-minded to ask?
    Just sayin’….

  • Marie,

    I was making the comment about the “walking bounce” just as a note. Not that I really think that is what it is.

    I’d like to think that this is also a bug on the screen.

    Although there are 2 things that make me think it’s something else.

    1. Bugs on CCTV screens are usually not illuminated (that I know of), unless it’s an IR camera, then the bug would appear light blue.

    2. The “blob” appears to come out of the grassy area and step onto the walkway and then move out of frame.

    I’m not saying it’s a ghost, or that it is not a bug. I would love to see if anyone follows up on this..

  • Gary

    The luminosity of the bug appears to come from the floodlight lighting the area up. If you look to the right corner of the video, you will see what appears to be residual dust from precipitation. The dust appears to be somewhat backlit by the floodlight.

  • Gary

    And I’m not saying it’s a bug…just that is what others will say 🙂