Last June, an article appeared in the Elmbridge Guardian with a photograph of a ghostly image a tourist captured on camera at Ham House. A visitor and his girlfriend described hearing a deep growl while on a tour of the lower floor. Something compelled the girl to take a photo as they left the room.
He said: “We were walking out and I just felt I couldn’t be there. I had tingles down my body but my girlfriend felt the need to take a picture. When the couple got home and uploaded the snap, they spotted a white, orb-like shape in the picture of the empty room. He is convinced his photograph is the “capture of the century”, as he believes it shows the duchess, her dog and her cane, which residents claim to have heard tapping along the floorboards.
Ham House, built in 1610, has a history of hauntings, with the Duchess of Lauderdale and her dog the subject of numerous sightings through hundreds of years. The house has been subject to a year long investigation by paranormal investigators which recorded a number of phenomena that remain unexplained.
In September 2004, for instance, ghostly footprints materialised on the wooden floor of the inner hall. A guide in the house says people have written to the trust asking, 'Why have I got to leave my dog outside when I saw one indoors? And every time they said they saw a King Charles Spaniel. Many visitors say they notice a faint smell of roses in the stairwell, the Duchess's favourite perfume.
Hmm.. I wonder if Elizabeth Murray knows I am writing about her?