Family holiday snap reveals medieval ghost in the background
An innocent family holiday photo has turned into a something sinister after what looks like a GHOST appeared in the background.
The spectral figure was spotted after the Islam family checked their photographs from an Easter holiday getaway.
Post office worker Nurul Islam, 37, was enjoying a day out at Roundhay Park, near Leeds, West Yorks, with his sister and niece and nephew Mayrian Islam, 11, and nine-year-old Ryhan Kaliq.
But when the family looked back at a photograph of Mayrian and Ryhan posing in front of a folly built in 1812 there appeared to be a figure standing on some steps in the background.
The folly – a Victorian-style fake ruin – was built in 1812 by George Nettleton for the Nicholson family, who bought the Roundhay Park Estate in 1803 and built The Mansion and landscaped the grounds, creating the lakes.
Nurul said they were all shocked when they saw the image which looks like it shows an adult wearing a cloak walking up the steps with their an arm outstretched.
Nurul said: “I don’t even like watching scary films and I don’t like looking at this photo, it’s spooky, there was no one there.
“My sister took the photograph and she saw it first, the castle isn’t too old but who knows who lived there before.
“We were taking lots of pictures. Because people were standing on the steps and walking about, we waited for them to move on before we took a picture.
“We waited and waited for a clear point when no-one was there as they wanted to hold their hands together. That’s why we’re sure there was no-one there.
“I didn’t think anything of it and took a few more. Then we got home and looked at the photos and saw this thing at the back of it that wasn’t there before.
“My sister said ‘Oh my God it’s a ghost’. I’ve started to think it might be. There was definitely no-one there when I took the picture.”
Kevin Grady, director of Leeds Civic Trust, this was the first time ghoulish activity had been recorded at the site.
Dr Grady said: “Originally there was a wooden roof on top so there was an upper room which the Nicholson family would use. The folly was used as a family house, a sewing room by the girls and they had social functions there.”