This is considered to be one of the most intriguing photos ever taken of an apparition.
In 1963 the Reverend K.F. Lord took this picture of the altar of his church in North Yorkshire. When the photograph was developed he was shocked to discover a shrouded figure standing in front of the altar.
The photo and negative were thoroughly examined by photographic experts who confirmed that the figure had not been caused by double exposure. There were also no signs that the photo or negative had been tampered with. Further analysis showed the figure to be at least nine feet tall. However, it should be noted that the figure may have been standing on the top step with the lower part of the robe hanging over the lower step.
The Church of Christ the Consoler had been built as a memorial to Frederick Vyner who was captured and murdered by brigands in Greece. His mother used the money collected for his ransom to commission the architect William Burges to build the church (constructed between 1871 and 1876) in the grounds of her home at Newby Hall.
The church did not have a reputation as a haunted building prior to the photo being taken. Nor had it been built on the site of an earlier church or religious building. The apparition has not been seen or photographed since.
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