Hunting pictures - the Ghost of Eyeworth
Some of you may never have seen this picture before
so I thought it worth putting the story on the website.
The photograph was taken at the end of a Saturday meet in January l987.
The meet was at the gatehouse cottage by the entrance to Eyeworth Lodge.
It was a frosty morning so the meet had been put back to mid-day. A
friend was riding with me and as hounds left the meet his wife ran over
the bridge to take a photograph of hounds coming towards her. They went
back to London where a few days later she had the film developed at a
branch of Boots. The two photographs are shown just to indicate that the
figure appeared within a few seconds, between the two photographs being
taken. Who or what she is, is open to discussion. All we are certain of
is that there was no one there on the day that looked or was dressed
remotely like her. The film has been looked at by an expert and it is
definitely not a case of double exposure. Some people say she is holding
a camera but, even if she is, how was it that no one saw a very grey
person dressed in these clothes on the day?
I thought the photograph was interesting enough to take it to the local
paper and they printed a story with the pictures which lead to an
approach from an independent photographer who asked if he could buy the
negatives from us. I suggested that we let him exploit the photographs,
as he had the expertise, and we go 50%/50% on anything he made out of
the story. He agreed to this and over the course of the next year a
double page spread appeared in the Sunday Mirror, the National Examiner
in the States ran a big story on it and a glossy Japanese magazine also
picked it up – and that is but a few. I was sure we were going to
enhance hunt funds by thousands of pounds and be able to do some much
needed repairs to our property- if not a total rebuild! Alas, when I
tried to get some of our 50% , the man had turned to straw – or maybe to