Friday, September 27, 2013

Photo of the Day: Lord Combermere's Ghost

Lord Combermere's Ghost
Paranormal Photos – Fact or Fiction

Sybell Corbet, sister of Lady Combermere, took this photo of the Combermere Abbeys library in December 1891. Wellington Stapleton-Cotton, 2nd Viscount Combermere (aka Lord Combermere) had died a few days earlier after being hit by a horse drawn carriage.

As the funeral was taking place, some four miles away and with most of the staff and servants in attendance, Corbet set up the camera and took an hour long exposure. When it was developed she was shocked to find the image of a man sitting in the deceased Lord Combermere's favorite chair. Family (including Corbet) and staff all agreed that the apparition looked like the Lord Combermere.

It was put forward that the photo had possibly captured one of the staff members who had not attended the funeral but this was refuted as all the male staff were young, knew the photo was being taken and none would dare interupt it.

What do you think?
Is it a ghost caught on camera?
Did someone sneak in during the exposure?
Is it a trick of the light and shadow – your brain interpreting it as a ghost??

Ashley Hall 2013

Photo: The Combermere Abbey Library taken by Sybell Corbet 1891
Inset Upper: Close up of the figure, color inverted.
Inset Lower: Original image showing how the scene was composed.

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