newby church

The Spectre of Newby Church (or the “Newby Monk”) is the name given to an artifact found on a photograph taken in the Church of Christ the Consoler, on the grounds of Newby Hall in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. 

The image was taken in 1963 by the Reverend K. F. Lord. As the artifact appears to resemble a human, much speculation has been had regarding what type of person might be in the image. 

Most speculation has concluded that it resembles a 16th-century monk, with a white shroud over his face, possibly to mask leprosy or another disfigurement. In relation to the nearest furniture, any figure would measure at 9 feet tall

The Newby Church Ghost Photo

Taken in 1963 by Reverend K. F. Lord at Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England.

The problem with this photo is it is too good to be true. It must be a fake. Yet apparently multiple attempts to prove it is a double exposure have failed.

There has never been a definitive proof that it is fake.

Yet the image itself makes zero sense. The Church is not that old, maybe 145 years. It was not even a century old when the photo was taken.

There were no monks or monasteries on this site or near it, nor is there a history of haunting in the building.

Weirder still, the figure should be something like nine feet tall.

Do I believe this is a “real” ghost? No, I can’t bring myself to accept it. But despite many claims that it is faked, no definite proof has ever been presented, to my knowledge. And why would the vicar fake such a picture?

Description by reddit user CaerBannog

Specter of Newby Church

This picture — one of the more famous, and more controversial, pictures of potential ghosts — was taken in 1963 by Reverend K. F. Lord in Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England. Allegedly, some photo experts who have examined the photo say that the startling image is not the result of double exposure.


This well known “ghost” photo was snapped by Reverend K. F. Lord at Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England in 1963. He claims he was merely taking a photo of the altar and didn’t see anything unusual at the time, until the photograph was developed. This particular photo has been the subject of many arguments and much controversy over the years. The apparition looks to be from a different era to that of the building.