junk shop basement. The other tale was famous- The Brown Lady of Raynham hall.
Raynham Hall was built in Norfolk, U.K. in the 1600s (It's still here today). According to the legend, by the 1800s, visitors sometimes spotted a ghostly lady in brown brocade (sometimes satin) dress. She'd show up at the bedside or in the hallway, carrying a lamp and "grinning diabolically." And some said she had "gouged out" eyes! That was scary enough for me, but there was more- the ghost books had a photograph of her!
Here the photo:
As an adult more suspicious.
I don't believe in ghosts, but assuming I'm wrong, this serene figure looks nothing like the menacing, disheveled specter from the legend.
A few have noticed the shape looks something like a Madonna statue. Could it be a double exposure? Had the photographers snapped a picture of the former, then captured the staircase on the same plate?
I tried to recreate the process.
First I found an internet photo of a Madonna. Here's one from a church (also in Norfolk, but 40+ miles away from Raynham Hall):
I digitally cut out the figure, turned it black and white, blurred it a bit and superimposed it into the famous photo:
Hey! It fits.
Here's another version, with the Madonna scooted off to the right:
Look familiar? They look like near duplicates, with the "ghost" facing a a slightly different direction. I bet the photographer was pulling a fast one using a similar statue. What do you think?