When people travel to new places, they have a tendency to take a lot of pictures. Oftentimes those pictures aren’t viewed until long after they get home from their trip when they have a chance to really scrutinize the photos. When 12-year-old Harry Wickes needed some help with his homework, his dad, Jon, decided to give him a hands-on approach and took him to Eynsford Castle in Kent, where he could be up close and personal as he learned about history.
The father and son team stood outside the enormous castle an took photos that they could later study, but Jon noticed something rather alarming when he looked back at the photos. Standing in the background of one of the photos, was a figured wearing a black cloak. The image was so clear that Jon decided to enlist a paranormal investigator to get to the bottom of it. He was certain there had been no one else on the grounds when he was taking the photo, so he was baffled by the mysterious figure that resembled a monk.
Having researched the castle, Jon discovered that there is a local legend. Allegedly in 1130, the castle owner, William de Eynsford decided to retire and become a monk and a monk-like figure has been spotted on the grounds before.
In the picture that Jon took, the monk can be seen standing at the top of a staircase outside of the castle.
“I was quite surprised when I first saw the picture,” said Jon. “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 the 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.”
While Jon is unsure if the black figure is a ghost, he admitted to having an unexplained life experience in the past, when he was brought back to life in 1995.
“Everyone who’s seen it is interested in it because many think it is a ghost,” said Jon.”I’ve had a few supernatural experiences in the past. I had a motorcycle accident in 1995 and died and was brought back to life. When I died, a strange thing happened.”
Evidently, when Jon died in 1995, he saw his grandfather, who told him to go back to the other side.
Paranormal Investigator, Alan Tigwell went to the grounds to check them out before he spent some time examining the photos. He concluded that there is no explanation for the figure in the photo and believes that it is a ‘fantastic’ image.