It’s nice to have a news story to highlight from my home patch of North-East Wales. The story comes from ‘SepiaQuill’, the blogsite of a team of enthusiasts working to save and archive community photographs. The photo was taken at The Old Police Station in Northop (Llaneurgain), Flintshire. It’s not entirely clear when the photo was taken but is certainly no more than five years old, when the current owners acquired the Old Police Station and began to do it up. The photo featuring the face in the window was snapped while the roof was being renovated.
The owners say that the building is very old and stands on even older foundations, certainly medieval in date. An ancient well is sunk in the floor. They also state that they were warned the building was haunted before they moved in and encountered spooky phenomena almost immediately, including feeling someone invisible brushing past on the stairs and objects being thrown off a Welsh dresser.
Like all such photos, particularly on reflective surfaces like window glass, it’s anyone’s guess whether they are genuinely inexplicable or not. The face could just be a lucky arrangement of light and shade and smears.
It’s quite cartoon-like, though, and I can’t help wondering whether a roofer with a sense of humour drew it using something he was able to wipe off afterwards. Anyway, I see no signs of obvious Photoshop fakery. The image is eerily reminiscent of the infamous faces which appeared on the floor of a house in the Spanish village of Belmez de la Moreleda in 1971.
The owners of the Old Police Station have promised more info about their ghosts soon, so we look forward to that. You can read the full story here: http://sepiaquill.blogspot.com/2012/03/ghostly-appearances-at-archivewho-at.html