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Is this the Wem Town Hall ghost?
Tony O'Rahilly's famous photo
Tony O'Rahilly's picture showing the ghostly girl

Wem Town Hall was destroyed by fire for a second time in 1995.

Local people turned out to watch as fire fighters struggled to contain the blaze.

Among the watchers was Tony O'Rahilly, a keen photographer who took pictures of the scene from a safe distance on the other side of the road.

When the photographs were developed there appeared to be the figure of a little girl standing in a doorway on the stairs.

Could this have been Jane Churm, the little girl who was believed to be responsible for causing the 1677 fire?

Mr O'Rahilly sent his mysterious picture to Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena . They sent the photograph and the negative to Dr Vernon Harrison, the former president of the Royal Photographic Society.

He analysed both the photo and the negative and reported that he was satisfied that neither had been doctored: "The negative is a straightforward piece of black and white work and shows no sign of having been tampered with.

He was, however, still sceptical about the picture and suggested that the image of the little girl could have been a trick of the light with smoke, flame and shadow creating an optical illusion at the moment the photographer took his picture.




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