The Spirit Of Lord Combermere
This photo of the Combermere Abbey library was taken in 1891 by Sybell Corbet. The figure of a man can faintly be seen sitting in the seat to one side. His head, collar and right arm on the armrest are unmistakably discernable. It is accepted to be the apparition of Lord Combermere.
Master Combermere was a British rangers leader in the mid 1800s who separated himself in a few military missions. Combermere Abbey, situated in Cheshire, England, was established by Benedictine priests in 1133. In 1540, King Henry VII kicked out the Benedictines, and the Abbey later turned into the Seat of Sir George Cotton KT, Vice-Chamberlain to the family unit of Prince Edward, child of Henry VIII. In 1814, Sir Stapleton Cotton, a relative of Sir George, took the title "Ruler Combermere" and in 1817 turned into the Governor of Barbados. Today the Abbey is a vacation spot and lodging.
Master Combermere passed on in 1891, having been struck and murdered by a pony drawn carriage. At the time Sybell Corbet took the above photograph, Combermere's memorial service was occurring nearly four miles away. The photographic openness, Corbet recorded, required about 60 minutes. It is thought by some that during that time a worker may have come into the room and sat momentarily in the seat, making the straightforward picture. This thought was disproved by individuals from the family, nonetheless, affirming that all were going to Lord Combermere's burial service.