'Ghost' captured in photograph taken at historic Bolling Hall

The photo taken at Bolling Hall of John Holmes

A close-up of the ghostly figure captured in Bolling Hall's 'Ghost Room'

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Staring out from behind a bed post, surrounded by a yellow glow, is the tiny, pale face of what appears to be a young woman. But is she actually a phantom?

This creepy image was taken in the Ghost Room at Bradford’s most haunted building, Bolling Hall, believed to be the home of a mysterious white lady.

The photograph was given to the Telegraph & Argus by John Holmes, 65, who had visited the hall with a friend from Brazil.

Mr Holmes, 65, originally of Lister Hills, Bradford, said: “We took this photograph and it wasn’t until we put it on to the computer that we thought ‘what’s that?’ and started looking at it.

“I was like most people, I couldn’t believe it. I have felt a presence in that room before but I’ve never taken photographs.”

Mr Holmes returned to the hall and took photographs from several different angles to see whether the mysterious face could have been someone standing on the other side of a door by the bed.

He said: “In order to see through the door you would have to stand by the side of the bed. We have taken photograph after photograph trying to disprove that this is a ghost. You can feel there’s definitely something in there. From the angle we took the photo you can’t see the door. We have taken pictures from every possible angle and you can’t see anything.”

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This was the second ghostly encounter for Mr Holmes, who works in a public mortuary in London.

When he moved to his first home in the capital he saw a young girl brushing her hair on the end of his bed.

He discovered his house was built on the site of an old church and held a seance for her.

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2:58pm Fri 20 Aug 10

MontyLeMar says...

Interesting. Normally I would dismiss it as a trick of light or computer manipulation. But a while ago I had just purchased a digital camera and was in the New Beehive Westgate trying it out. That pub is atmospheric in many ways. It was when I looked at the images on the computer and I found a ball of light in the main bar similar to the one evident on the Bolling Hall photo in front of the girls face. I don't know what it was. No face though. What do ghosts look like when they reveal themselves? Do they exist?
Interesting. Normally I would dismiss it as a trick of light or computer manipulation. But a while ago I had just purchased a digital camera and was in the New Beehive Westgate trying it out. That pub is atmospheric in many ways. It was when I looked at the images on the computer and I found a ball of light in the main bar similar to the one evident on the Bolling Hall photo in front of the girls face. I don't know what it was. No face though. What do ghosts look like when they reveal themselves? Do they exist? MontyLeMar
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7:04am Sat 21 Aug 10

Laceys nan says...

I do believe in the existence of ghosts, having seen my Mother after her death in 2004, but this 'ghost ' looks a little two dimensional to me-almost like a cardboard cut-out. Sorry not convinced !!
I do believe in the existence of ghosts, having seen my Mother after her death in 2004, but this 'ghost ' looks a little two dimensional to me-almost like a cardboard cut-out. Sorry not convinced !! Laceys nan
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6:15pm Sat 21 Aug 10

SMftS loves Ashbournes Titty Lip says...

Laceys nan wrote:
I do believe in the existence of ghosts, having seen my Mother after her death in 2004, but this 'ghost ' looks a little two dimensional to me-almost like a cardboard cut-out. Sorry not convinced !!
Me neitherf, it looks like a photo on a photo.
[quote][p][bold]Laceys nan[/bold] wrote: I do believe in the existence of ghosts, having seen my Mother after her death in 2004, but this 'ghost ' looks a little two dimensional to me-almost like a cardboard cut-out. Sorry not convinced !![/p][/quote]Me neitherf, it looks like a photo on a photo. SMftS loves Ashbournes Titty Lip
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