Butcher photographs little girl in a bonnet at Yorkshire’s Skipton Castle

A BUTCHER claims to have photographed the ghost of a little girl wearing period dress and a bonnet while visiting a 900-year-old castle.

Mark Whitaker, 34, was snapping pictures on a visit to Yorkshire’s Skipton Castle in the UK when he captured the image.

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS (PICTURED: THE MAIN PICTURE SHOWING THE GHOST OF A LITTLE GIRL AT SKIPTON CASTLE, YORKSHIRE) A butcher has revealed a picture of what he claims is the ghost of a little girl wearing Georgian-period clothing and bonnet in the grounds of a 900-year-old castle. Mark Whitaker, 34, had visited Skipton Castle, Yorks, with his partner Amanda Ledgar, who was pregnant at the time, and had been snapping away like usual all day. It was only when he got back home in Colne, Lancs, that the then dad-to-be and now dad-of-one, noticed the three-foot tall ghostly figure walking by the castle. The image shows a clear figure in a white floor length period dress and a bonnet that appears to float where her head would be - though the eerie child has no visible arms or neck. Mark claims the image still sends a shiver down his spine whenever he looks at it but has now revealed it to see what others think. SEE MERCURY COPY

It wasn’t until he returned to his home in Lancashire that he noticed a ghostly figure in the background of the picture.

The image shows a figure in a white floor-length dress and a bonnet.

Mark has released it to see what others think.

He said: “It actually sent a shiver down my spine as I didn’t see it until I transferred it to my computer.

“I think it’s a ghost of a little girl of some kind, especially with what she is wearing. She has a dress and bonnet that I think is like what they would wear two or three hundred years ago.

“But there is no physical shape, no arms or face appears.

“It looks like she is walking away from the picture past a wall that is only about two or three feet high so she must be an infant. There would have been high infant mortality rates in that period.”

Mark continued: “It has created quite a stir. Obviously with a picture like that there is lots of speculation about whether I have Photoshopped it.

“But I don’t even own Photoshop or have access to it and I don’t know how to use it even if I did. Other people have said it is a spirit. Everyone I have shown it to have been quite taken aback by it.”

Mark had visited the castle, built by a Norman baron in 1090, with his partner Amanda Ledger.

He added: “Neither of us had been to the castle since we were in primary school and had fond memories.

“I’m a keen photographer so I took my camera with me. Amanda was pregnant at the time so I had wandered off on my own to look around.

“It wasn’t until I got home that I realised what was in the image.”

BUTCHER REVEALS GHOST OF GIRL

BUTCHER REVEALS GHOST OF GIRL

Mark converted the image to black and white but sadly that saved over the original file.

Despite taking the picture in July 2014, after initially showing it to friends and family Mark forgot about the image but decided to speak out about it now.

Mark said: “It creeps me out, it really does still just looking at it. Amanda always finds it creepy too.”

Source: The Sun

  • Natalie

    Sadly he is wrong on all counts this is a member of my medieval re-enactment group, we are at the castle every July

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