The Wem Town Hall Ghost

The Wem Town Hall Ghost

The Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England, mysteriously went up in flames in November 1995. As the fire services struggled to battle the flames, a amateur photographer snapped images of the dramatic event.

One of these images displayed what is now referred to as the Wem Town Hall ghost…


The Photographer

The full force of the fire eventually managed to burn the Town Hall of Wem to the ground. As it crumbled and burnt, sewerage farm worker Tony O’Rahilly snapped as many photographs as his film would allow.

Tony knew that this was going to be an historic disaster in the area, so his photographs could prove to be very important in the aftermath.

When the photographs were finally developed, Tony noticed one which displayed a image of a little girl in the doorway as the building was ablaze all around her.

image of a little girl in the doorway

At the time Tony didn’t realize how important this photograph was…but within weeks it was a paranormal gem that had made international headlines.


Jane Churm

Three centuries before the Wem Town Hall fire, another infamous fire swept through the area.

A fourteen year old girl named Jane Churm accidentally set fire to her parent’s thatched roof when she was collecting fuel from underneath a bed.

In 1677 every house in the area was made out of wood and thatch – resulting in up to 540 buildings going up in smoke.

Many paranormal experts believe that Jane Churm is the girl spirit that appears in Tony O’Rahilly’s photograph.


The Ghost

The morning after the Town Hall fire in 1995, two fire professionals entered the burned down location to assess the damages.

As they made their way through the ruined building, they noticed footprints in the soot on top of one of the landings – footprints that seem to have been made by a child.

Wem Town Hall fire

When they left the location they checked with the local police and security – they had been guarding the area all night, nobody had got in.

A few days later, another two fire experts reported seeing a young girl inside the town hall ruins.


The Mystery of The Wem Town Hall Ghost

Over the years, Skeptics have had a field day with the ghost picture taken in the burning town hall. The most recent claim involves a postcard with the image of a similar looking girl from the period.

Unfortunately, Tony O’Rahilly died in 2005 but he always stuck to his guns on the legitimacy of the photo.

What are your thoughts on this subject – do you believe that the photograph is real or was it simply an attempt at fame from an amateur photographer?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the Wem Town Hall ghost  in the comment section below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*