A surveillance camera installed at a historic English pub has captured what appears to be a ghostly figure materializing in the empty bar.
The footage, which was released on Friday, shows light flickering as a ghostly apparition comes into view and wanders about the Ye Olde Man & Scythe pub in Bolton, England. When the pub’s manager, Tony Dooley, watched the surveillance video, he noticed that it suddenly stopped recording at 6:18 a.m.
“I came down and saw a glass smashed on the floor so I was instantly suspicious and went to check the CCTV and found it has stopped working,” Dooley said, according to the Manchester Evening News. “We checked the footage and it revealed this figure.
“To be honest I was a bit concerned - I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to ghosts but you become more of a believer when you see things like that.”
The pub has been around since 1251 and is the fourth-oldest pub in Britain. The Seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley, whose family owned the pub, allegedly haunts the pub.
The newspaper reported that he spent his final hours at the location before he was beheaded in 1651 near the end of the Civil War. The chair he sat in before he was executed is still at the pub.
Many soldiers and civilians were also killed outside the pub during the Bolton Massacre of 1644.
It has long been known as a place of significant paranormal activity. In 2006, a psychic evening that took place there found it to be haunted by at least 25 spirits, including a woman who hanged herself in the cellar centuries ago as well as a an 8-year-old girl and phantom dog.
"There have always been rumours it is haunted and we've had psychic readings done here in the past," said Dooley.
"Occasionally you hear things and wonder if it's just the building settling down or whether it's something else.
"It's the fourth-oldest pub in Great Britain so it's had its fair share of deaths and whatnot."