In this article we will be taking a look at the famous image of the ghost of Newby Church which was snapped by Reverend K.F. Lords in 1963. A fascinating paranormal photograph that still divides opinion to this day…
The Phantom Monk
The image snapped by Reverend K.F. Lords in 1963 was supposed to be centering on the altar at the Skelton-cum-Newby Church of Christ the Consoler, located in North Yorkshire, England.
When he took the picture he only had eyes for the stunning altar – he saw nothing else in the hall with him.
He left the location and had the photographs developed a few days later…and to his amazement…there was a ‘visitor’ in one of them.
The Reverend K.F. Lords could not understand who this terrifying hooded figure was or where it came from – he was not present when he took the shot?
The phantom figure’s arms seem to be folded together in a typical monk-like pose and its long robes clearly cover the feet and drape over the step it is standing on. The cloth face-mask is particularly disturbing…
The most interesting aspect of this incident is that there have never been any other paranormal occurrences at Newby Church – it is, in fact, a pretty new church (just over a century old at the time of writing this!).
The church was actually constructed out of money that was raised to save hostages back in April 1870…
Frederick Vyner, son in law to the 1st Marquess of Ripon, was among a group of important figures in Greece who were kidnapped on the 11th of April. A ransom was demanded for their safe release.
The money was eventually raised…but for some reason…a rescue mission was hatched instead…which failed miserably.
All of the hostages were murdered as a result.
Frederick’s mother decided that the ransom that had been gathered would be used to construct two churches in memory of her son. One of these churches was the Newby Church, which began construction in 1871.
The Real Deal?
Numerous skeptics have thrown their hat in the ring over this photo…but the hats just get thrown back out again – the photo is not faked in any way.
Many different experts have studied and tested the photograph over the years (including the BBC), and all of them have come to the same conclusion – the photo is not double exposure and is not tampered with in any way.
These same experts have spotted and proven famous frauds before but the ghost of Newby Church seems to have them stumped.
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