October has just begun and before we know it, Halloween will soon be quick on its heels to terrify us. So, let us get ready for the fright night by revisiting some of the creepiest ghost photos ever taken, starting with one of the most popular: "The Brown Lady."
Man has seen and known many gruesome and terrifying images throughout history, and one of the most famous is this photo of “The Brown Lady” taken in September 1936. Photographers Captain Hubert Provand and Indre Shira were tasked by Country Life magazine to take photos of the Raynham Hall, a country house in Norfolk, England. The said magazine published the photo in its December 16, 1936 issue.
But, who is “The Brown Lady,” and what could be the tale behind her spooky snapshot?
Legend tells of her identity as Lady Dorothy Walpole, the beautiful sister of politician Sir Robert Walpole, and the second wife of Charles Townshend, a Whig statesman. According to the gossip of her time, Dorothy became the mistress of Lord Wharton prior to her marriage with Lord Townshend. When Charles learned of the supposed adultery, he punished Dorothy by locking her up in a remote portion of the Raynham Hall, then their family home. Records tell of her death from smallpox and funeral in 1726, but many suspected that it was staged, and she in fact remained locked away in the country house for many years until her demise.
Since then, Dorothy’s ghost was said to haunt some areas of the Raynam Hall, including the oak staircase, where she was photographed in 1936. Among the people who have seen her spooky apparition were King George IV during his stay in the country home in the early 1800. Stories tell of the monarch seeing a ghostly woman wearing a brown dress beside his bed. Decades later, she was seen in the hall several times by Colonel Loftus, who described her as wearing a brown satin dress, with empty eye sockets set amidst her glowing face and skin.
Her name as “The Brown Lady” has since then stuck, and the eerie photo, the first time her spectral form was caught on film, became one of the most popular and fascinating ghost photos ever taken.
Stay tuned for the next installments of this month’s Creepiest Ghost Photos Ever series!
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