Dad photographs ‘Ghost of a Monk’

Jon Wickes, 50, was visiting the medieval castle with his son…but looking back at his pictures spotted something extraordinary.

A man is adamant that he has photographed a ghost after he spotted something very mysterious in his images of a medieval castle.

Jon Wickes, 50, was visiting the Eynsford Castle in Kent, U.K. with his 12-year-old son, Harry, to help him out with his history homework.

However, when returning from the castle, Jon noticed an unexplained figure lurking in the background, shrouded in a black cloak.

Unsure of what the black shadowy man was, Jon enlisted a paranormal investigator as he had not noticed anyone around when taking the photograph and the expert claims there is ‘no explanation’ for the monk’s appearance.

According to local legend, Jon claims a black monk has been spotted in the area before. In 1130, William de Eynsford, who held the castle for the Archbishop of Canterbury, allegedly retired to become a monk.

The black figure stands on the steps on the ruins of the castle 

Jon, from Kent, said: “I was quite surprised when I first saw the picture.

“The strange thing was my little boy had history homework so that’s why we went there. We only went to take a few pictures because he wanted to know how a castle was built.

“I saw the image with the figure in it and looked on the web. That’s when I read about a monk being seen in area. I’m not really sure about that sort of the stuff.

“I asked a paranormal investigator what he thought and he went down there [last week] to check it out.

“When I showed my son he looked at it and just laughed, but because I was certain that figure hadn’t been there when we took the picture, it was worth investigating.

Paranormal investigator, Alan Tigwell, decided to visit Eynsford Castle twice last Thursday to look at the layout of the castle and consider if the photos taken by Jon were likely to show a ghost.

The auditor believes ‘there is no explanation for the figure in the picture’ after spending time in the castle’s grounds and the demonology specialist claims it is a ‘fantastic’ image.

Alan, 44, said: “I went to the site twice last Thursday – in the morning when it first opened and later on.

“The purpose of my visit was to ascertain whether there was anything within those walls to explain the picture.”

“I’ve been investigating the paranormal for over 20 years. The difficulty with looking at things retrospectively is that it’s impossible to say exactly what something is.”

“All I can say is that there wasn’t anything in the castle itself that could explain that
picture.”

“Eynsford Castle is a medieval site and from what Jon’s said, there is a legend about a monk being there.

“In terms of the history of the castle, there was nothing specifically about a monk living there that I could find but I do believe one of the families who owned it had a son who left to become a monk.”

English Heritage, who manage Eynsford Castle, did not wish to comment. What are your thoughts? Could this be the ghost of a monk?