The 10 Most Famous Ghost Photos Of All Time

January 23, 2017 8:59 AM ‐ ParanormalGhosts

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Take a look at the ten most famous, unexplained ghost photographs ever captured on camera. Over the last few years they have been scrutinised and examined by photographic experts and while some could be double exposures or tricks of the light, these ten pictures have gone on to be some of the most famous images of ghosts ever photographed.

10. Lord Combermere

Lord Combermere

Taken at Combermere Abbey library in 1891, the figure is believed to be the ghost of Lord Combermere, a British cavalry commander.

9. Walk With A Ghost

Walk With A Ghost

Taken in the Philippines in 2000, these two friends were snapped while out walking, they asked a stranger to take the photo on their mobile phone.

8. Ghostly Farm Hand

Ghostly Farm Hand

Neil Sandbach was taking photos around a farm in Hertfordshire when he captured what appears to be a young child near one of the farm buildings, the owner later confirmed that they had witnessed the ghost of a boy many times before.

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7. Ghost Of Grandpa

Ghost Of Grandpa

When a grandson took a photo of his gran, he didn't expect to see his grandpa stood behind her. After the lady in the photo died, her family went through the photos and for the first time noticed her husband in the photo who had passed 13 years before the photo was taken.

6. Freddy Jackson

Freddy Jackson

Taken in 1919, the photo shows RAF Goddard's squadron, who served in World War I but on closer inspection a spooky face can be seen in the back row, it's believed to be air mechanic Freddy Jackson, who'd been killed in an accident two days earlier.

5. The Tulip Staircase Ghost

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

A former British Columbian priest took this photo in 1966, his subject was the Tulip Staircase in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He never expected to see a shadowy figure climbing the stairs when he got the photo developed.

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4. The Back Seat Ghost

The Back Seat Ghost

The Chinnerys were visiting the grave of a relative and had their camera with them to take some photos of the graves, after snapping a few pics Mrs Chinnery took a photo of her husband, who was waiting in the car.

3. The Ghost Of Boothill Cemetery

The Ghost Of Boothill Cemetery

Terry Ike Clanton is an actor, recording artist and poet, he took this photo of a friend at Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, Arizona. Clanton was surprised to see a man in the background behind the gravestones. Based on his apparent height, he would have to be either kneeling or rising up out of the ground.

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2. The Brown Lady Of Raynham Hall

The Brown Lady Of Raynham Hall

The ghost of Raynham Hall in Norfolk is believed to be Lady Dorothy Townshend. It was rumoured that her husband suspected her of having an affair and locked her away in a remote corner of the house until her death many years later.

1. Specter Of Newby Church

Specter Of Newby Church

Taken at Newby Church in North Yorkshire in 1963 by Reverend K. F. Lord at, one of the most famous and controversial photos ever taken, some claim the photo is likely a fake as it's almost too good to be real, yet experts who have examined the photo say the figure isn't the result of a double exposure.


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