The Islam family were on a day out at Roundhay Park, near the British city of Leeds, over the Easter period, and took a number of photos in front of a castle folly. It was only on later inspection that they noticed that they may not have been alone at the site.
Family waited for clear shot of ruins
George Nettleton built the fake castle ruin in 1812 for the Nicholson family, after buying the Roundhay Park Estate in 1803. Nettleton was responsible for building the Mansion and also created the lakes at the site, but it is the folly which appears to be the site of the most interesting occurrences these days.
37-year-old Nurul Islam told the British press that his sister took the photograph, which shows Mayrian Islam, 11 and Ryhan Kaliq, 9, in front of the building. The family noticed a ghoulish presence behind the two children, and the ghost appears to be walking up the steps.
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The family were shocked to see the ghost, and are certain that there was no one there at the time. “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,” Nurul said.
“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,” he continued.
First instance of ghost in Roundhay Park
The family are now starting to believe that they may have been photobombed by a ghost. It would be the first time that any paranormal presence has been noticed at the site, according to Dr. Kevin Grady, director of Leeds Civic Trust.
If it were indeed a ghost, it may be a member of the Nicholson family. “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,” said Dr. Grady.
Paranormal activity continues to fascinate us, and photographs often reveal the presence of ghosts which cannot be seen with the naked eye.