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Boo or BS: Is This A Real Ghost?

Submitted by on January 28, 2012 – 10:52 AM11 Comments | 2,122 views


Yesterday, I was very perturbed by the fact that all the UK websites which put out regular paranormal stuff were down. At the root of my irritation was one particular story about a ghost photographed in the window of a structure slated for demolition early this week. I wanted to post it but obviously couldn’t.

So, since I couldn’t get it yesterday, I decided it would still be good for today as our regulars like this sort of stuff. It wasn’t until I was actually on the Telegraph’s site that I noticed some “things” about the photograph.

To remind everyone once again, my NYR was to be as neutral as possible when applicable, no matter how much I was screaming inside to speak my mind.

That said, I leave it up to the reader to analyze the picture and come to a fair and sensible conclusion.

This week a demolition Supervisor, Robert Johnson snapped the picture just before work began to tear down an old Victorian Guesthouse in Kendal, Cumbria.

Many who saw the photo claim it to be a deceased former employee of the Guesthouse, Frances Grimshaw. So convincing is the photo that even the dead woman’s own son, David is adhering to the claim.

Here is a close up of said photo and the incidentals of the incident:

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 in Kendal, Cumbria.

The image is said to bear an eerie resemblance of Frances Grimshaw, who worked at the guesthouse and stood for hours at the same window taking bookings.

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 – 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.

“She used to stand in that room for hours on the phone – it was the guesthouse reception and she took bookings from there.”

Mr Grimshaw, 59, a managing director, who now lives in Bedford, said: “She would have been horrified if she had known the house was being demolished because it was beautiful, so maybe that is why she’s turned up.”

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.

“It wasn’t until I got home and showed my wife that we spotted the woman,” he said.

“You can see the jewellery on her and everything. I’ve always been a sceptic but I’ll have to believe in ghosts now.”

Colleague Stuart Shan, 34, from Blackburn, Lancashire, said: “The day before we took the photo we were stripping the building inside and I noticed the chandelier swinging on its own.

“We said at the time the place felt strange. My hairs were standing on end when I saw the photo. I believe it is a ghost.”

Dave Armstrong, of Kendal contractors Cox and Allen, said the five-gabled building, which was originally a dentist’s in the early 1900s, has been taken down to be replaced with a new commercial property.

He said he could not explain the image of the woman. “There was only a black wall behind the window, we had taken everything out – there were no visible features or anything with a skin colour.”

Below is the original shot sans the red circle:

So, apparently there are several people that knew the woman who are certain it is her. Do I believe this story?….I ain’t sayin, of course!

It’s up to you guys now! Do me proud…*wipes a tear*

By the way, isn’t Grimshaw the art of carving Whale bones? What? Scrim…Ohh! Boy is my face red!

Thanks to The Telegraph
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  • Nobbles

    It’s a Chinese lantern.

  • Jon

    I guess it could be a case of paredolia but if it is its a very striking one. I don’t get the feeling the photo has been doctored at all but you never can be sure..

  • Henry

    Why can it not be a person in the window?
    A house with a history, a person who had been there came to see it before it was demolished. There is no indication of clothing that is out of date, there is condensation on the window obscuring detail. People read into it what they want to see.

  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Valkyrie

    Was there a picture of the lady who the ghost is supposed to be so we can compare? Did her son provide one anywhere? I didn’t see it in the original article. I’m open to her being a ghost, why not. By the way, the title for this article is the best– Boo or BS? I guess I vote Boo :)

  • Sarah

    http://skeptophilia.blogspot.com/2012/01/ghost-in-window.html
    check out the link. The person they all say looks like the ‘ghost’ doesnt look anything like!!! A clear case of pareidolia but quite a good one!!

  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Valkyrie

    Sarah, good find! I’m curious, he says “one of the sources” he used had a picture of Mrs. Grimshaw, but then he doesn’t list any of his sources, that I can see anyway. Couldn’t it just be Mrs. Grimshaw when she was younger? Anyway, obviously I want it to be a ghost, but no doubt it’s probably another human or one heck of a case of pareidolia.

  • http://www.srpq.ca The Legend

    Well i have to say, might be just an old painting behind that glass.

    In that case im gonna go with the chinese lantern! ;)

  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Scott McMan

    In the old days, I’d claim it was a painting and then stand by as everyone bashed me, LOL! I was almost using the painting excuse as much as Nobbles uses the lantern thing.

    Anyway, to give a hint, does anyone notice a difference in the appearance of the windows?

    Great find Sarah!

  • Liberty

    Look at the scale of the window. That sure would be a tiny person! Looks like a reflection of something but not a person.

  • Jakatsu

    It would be nice if there was a comparison photo. One without the said entity in it to prove that something wasn’t behind that particular window.

    I think it is BS. It doesn’t look like a person. Too out of proportion.

  • Tsparks0893

    How about the window all the way to the left, looks like a young girl peeking out