David Grimshaw was certain it was his mother Frances, who died at 87 last year, after being shown the snap taken by a man demolishing the building. 

The 59-year-old was stunned and added: ‘I’m totally convinced – no one else looks like that. She had glasses and big earrings and she used to wear a dress with a bow at the front.’

While some may think the ghost is just a mere reflection, Mr Grimshaw remained convinced. He said: ‘She used to stand in that room for hours on the phone – it was the guesthouse reception and she took bookings from there. 

‘She would have been horrified if she had known the house was being  demolished because it was beautiful, so maybe that is why she’s turned up.’ 

The demolition team had felt an eerie chill at Meadowbank House. Worker Stuart Shan said: ‘The day before we took the photo, I noticed the chandelier swinging on its own.’ 

And demolition supervisor Robert Johnson, who took the photo, added: ‘It wasn’t until I got home and showed my wife that we spotted the woman. 

‘You can see the jewellery on her and everything,’ he said. ‘I’ve never seen anything like this before – the image is so clear. I’ve always been a sceptic but I’ll have to believe in ghosts now.’ 

The building in Kendal, Cumbria, has now been demolished to make room for a new commercial property.

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