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Catherine Howard's Ghost Caught on Photo!
December 30, 2015
2:38 am
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According to a news outlet called the Mirror from the UK, they obtained a copy of a photograph which contains the ghost of Catherine Howard on the staircase in some room of Hampton Court Palace. I have always had both an interest in history and the paranormal, specifically life after death, and I am sure we have all heard the legends of Hampton Courts ghost stories. In-fact Hampton Court now allows ghost tours over night for those who have the bravery!

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Now I am now photography or image editing expert but I do however know how to use Photoshop and and some other tricks of the trade and will offer my opinion on wither or not this is just a trick or in fact it is a ghost.

First things first, legend says Catherine Howard’s ghost is said to haunt the “haunted gallery” leading to where the king, queen, and other members of the court whole were deemed important enough to attend would prey. It is said to be haunted because when she was under arrest for her affair with Thomas Culpepper, she was confined to the Queen’s apartments and guarded. Somehow she escaped and ran to Henry to beg for forgiveness while he prayed in the royal chapel, but she only got to the closed doors and pounded on them, while Henry ignored her pleas, and the guards dragged her back to her chambers. To this day many visitors at Hampton Court when entering the “Haunted Gallery” feel sadness, anxiety, anger, frustration, even breaking down in tears, having panic attacks, or fainting.

When looking at this picture I see several things that bother me. It doesn’t appear to be in the haunted gallery but rather in the King William III and Queen Mary II apartments by the style of them. That being said, it could of been built over what was the Tudor palace of the time and reconstructed by William and Mary. You obviously see the figure of a woman at the middle of the stop of the staircase, with blonde hair, and very pale skin, looking down at the photographer. She appears younger then 17, but year she is wearing a Tudor looking gown appropriate of the time.

One last note I would like to add is that below the apparition to her right and above the doors on the ground to the left there is a bright blue orb. If you have read about spirits/ghosts/the supernatural at all orbs are common when spirits are trying to present themselves as a full apparition. I figure this is important to point out, and makes it clear, that it adds evidence in the case that this is a ghost.

My final conclusion: I believe in ghosts, I have ever since I was a teenager. My faith in paganism has shown me that ghosts are not to be feared but respected, and we should treat them with kindness and respect, as they are just like me and you. With that being said I do believe the young lady on top of the balcony is a spirit. Her skin is very pale, the photographer said she was not there when the photo was taken, and the orb shows that she was using her energy to try to materialize her spiritual body in what living people can see. Was it Catherine Howard? I don’t know. The face is very blurry which gives me not much to compare her to Catherine. Catherine Howard’s presence is always reported in the haunted gallery and this seems to be in the William & Mary II part of Hampton Court.

So in conclusion: it is much too hard to tell with this photograph if it contains the spirit of Catherine Howard, but I do believe a spirit has been captured in it. I never been to Hampton Court Palace, but I dream of going to visit there one day. The history, the art work, the culture, and the spirits that walk the halls. Life Expentancy was not the greatest in the 16th century and women often died in childbirth and from many other issues. Whoever these spirits are, I hope they are at peace and rest, for I am sure they were the most interesting and wonderful people in life, and I loved the history and culture they have given us today!

Please tell me if you think this photograph contains the spirit of Catherine Howard? If you wish also describe other experiences you have had while visiting Hampton Court Palace.

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- Esse quam videri! ("To be, rather then to seem.")

December 30, 2015
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Merry meet Ethan. It is difficult really to say, K.H’s ghost seems mainly to be in the area of the gallery, the scene of her last desperate bid to get to Fat arse, but there is no reason to suggest that she wouldn’t wonder off elsewhere.
The silver stick gallery is where Jane prowls about, and she’s also been seen near the nursery appartments. Hampton court is filled with story’s like this even Fat arse has been heard rather than seen, it’s said you can hear a dragging sound followed by agonised grumbles, which is belived to be Fat arse dragging his fat carcass around the place. (I’m not a fan of Henry’s, Ethan as you can probably tell)
I often wonder if K.H had managed to get to fat arse would he have given her a chance to talk her way out of the trouble she was in? If you think about it, fat arse had had the warrant drawn up and signed it to arrest K.P but she managed to throw herself down at his feet and talk herself out of trouble.
I believe that when ever something traumatic happens such in the case of K.H it is bound to leave and imprint of some sort, and will play back in an endless loop seen by a few but felt by many more. K.H’s ghost, causes some people to faint because they can feel the terror she must have felt.
Poor girl and after that’s what she was just a girl in a a den of wolves.
Nobody knows how old she was exactly but I’m inclined to think she was around 18 when she was executed.
Gareth Russell who is one of our members has written a wonderful book on Katherine Howard which you may like to read.

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December 30, 2015
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Ethan, I do believe! I wonder though if it is someone other than Katherine. I cannot tell what she is wearing. Someone else has said the dress may be of a later style. If she is in the William and Mary apartments, it could be someone from that time period. Isn’t Hampton Court said to be haunted by many people? Not just Tudors?

Boleyn, that description of Henry reminds me of Bob Marley from A Christmas Carol, dragging his chains through the corridors. I think the book you mean about Katherine is by Conor Bryne. Katherine Howard, A new History. Although Gareth is a wonderful author.

December 30, 2015
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Sharon said

Boleyn, that description of Henry reminds me of Bob Marley from A Christmas Carol, dragging his chains through the corridors. I think the book you mean about Katherine is by Conor Bryne. Katherine Howard, A new History. Although Gareth is a wonderful author.

That book came in my Christmas pressies part II..I can’t wait to read it.

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December 31, 2015
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Conor’s book takes an entirely different outlook on Katherine’s life than any we have heard before. It is good, but very different from other historian’s opinions. We should put this one on the book club list. I’d love to hear what people think about it.

December 31, 2015
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Sharon said

Conor’s book takes an entirely different outlook on Katherine’s life than any we have heard before. It is good, but very different from other historian’s opinions. We should put this one on the book club list. I’d love to hear what people think about it.

I’ll make it May’s Book Club book, then.

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January 12, 2016
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I’m confused. . . Which figure are we looking at here? The one directly in the centre with the older lady behind her? The one immediately to the right of the chandelier? or the one directly above the blue orb?

Either way, the picture is very out of focus and therefore for me difficult to give an accurate opinion on whether or not i believe this to be a spirit, whether of Katherine Howard or otherwise. xxx

January 12, 2016
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Wow, Amberlynn, you saw more than I did. I think the person they are talking about is the one directly in the center. She looks like a young girl. I’m not sure what that is behind her. I thought it was part of a piece of furniture. Now that I look closer, I see what you mean. I did not see the image to the right of the chandelier until you brought it to our attention. There seems to be an orb there, too. Hmmmm! I thought the image above the doors, was at the end of a hall and it was part of a painting. Now I’m not so sure. And what is that little orange thing to the right of the girl above the curtain? That is one busy balcony.
Yes, the picture is a bit out of focus. It is also dark, and hard to tell whether we are looking at shadows, or something else. Except for the girl. She is obvious. I wish we could blow it up without distorting it.

January 13, 2016
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Well i am a Spiritualist so i tend to look out for all things paranormal which is most likely why i spotted so much so easily. I would like to think they are all definitely spirits, that it what i believe in my heart. But as i said previously, the picture itself isn’t clear enough to be 100% certain.

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