The tall, unnerving figure of the spectre of Newby Church

Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England, was built in 1870 and, as far as anyone is aware, has no history of supernatural activity. There have been no ghost sightings, no unusual activity.

In 1963, however, Reverend K.F. Lord snapped this picture of the church's altar and was surprised to discover a tall, shrouded and transparent figure standing in front of the altar when the photograph was developed.

Lord claimed that there was no one but him in the room at the time and has repeatedly sworn for the validity of the photograph, growing frustrated when people suggest that he was involved in faking it somehow.

Critics of the photograph, however, argue that it's simply too good. The 'ghost' appears to be some sort of hooded monk and appears clear and in focus. It even appears to be posing.

Some have suggested that the photograph is an example of clever use of double exposure, however, it has been scrutinized by several photography experts, all of whom agree that there is no double exposure on the photograph.

Calculations based on the altar and its surrounding objects suggest that the figure in the photograph is approximantely nine feet tall.

Other theories suggest that the specter is a trick of the light; a combination of reflections and water spilled on the negative.

Now, however, fifty years later, the real truth about the photograph still remains unknown and the picture remains as controversial as ever.

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