Is St Peter's Churchyard Haunted?


Do ghosts really exist? Are there any in St Peter's churchyard? Inbarton.co.uk decided to visit St Peter's churchyard late one night in November 2002, armed with a camera to try to find out. The response from this was so good that Inbarton.co.uk decided to repeat the experiment from another part of the churchyard in March 2003. Again, thanks to the response a third investigation was arranged in August 2003. The results from these three experiments were interesting and can be interpreted as you wish.
In November 2002 a number of pictures were taken facing the southern half of the graveyard and a number of pictures were taken facing the church.
In March 2003 the pictures were taken just facing the southern half of the graveyard as there are no windows or other objects for light to reflect off, hopefully making the pictures more believable.
In August 2003 Inbarton.co.uk decided to undertake a more thorough camera investigation of St Peter's churchyard to try and find more Orbs. The results confirmed the existance of Orbs but still cannot answer the main question, "what are they?". There were many pictures taken over three nights mainly using the same camera angles from previous investigations but occasionally using new angles, the best of them are shown below.

The following pictures are the results and I can promise that none of them have been altered in any way (except to make them smaller to fit on the page) :-

November 2002

Graveyard by day
Image 1) This is roughly the direction the following photos were taken from. (Taken the next morning)
An Orb above a grave
Image 2) An Orb captured above the gravestone just to the left in the picture above. On the gravestone is written "John Burnett Died April 1865 Aged 66 years"
The Orb has gone
Image 3) The same angle taken in the time it took to recharge the flash on the camera. Notice the Orb has now vanished.
St Peter's church during the day
Image 4) This is roughly the direction the following photos were taken from. (Taken the next morning)
An Orb in the centre of the picture
Image 5) Another Orb can just be made out in the centre of the picture. Many of the gravestones from this part of the churchyard were removed and buried under the mound which can just be seen in the bottom left of the picture.
The Orb has moved to the right
Image 6) In the time it took to recharge the flash the Orb had moved to the right of the picture.

March 2003

The graveyard by day
Image 7) This is roughly the direction the following photos were taken from. (Taken the same afternoon)
An Orb to the right of the grave
Image 8) An Orb captured to the right of the gravestone on the right in the picture above. On the gravestone to the left of the Orb is written "Henry Hildick Died 2 August 1865 Aged 65 years"
Orbs captured in a strange mist
Image 9) This incredible picture was taken straight after the one above. There are at least two orbs in a very strange mist. One Orb to the left of grave 2 and one above grave 5. There are possibly more in the strange mist. It was a clear night, as the other pictures prove so where did the mist come from and what is it? This is round a cluster of graves, the details of which are (use the daytime picture for reference):-
1) Centre grave William Hewson died 2/1/1868 aged 84 years
2) To the left of the centre grave Jane Terry died 1860
3) The long grave behind 2 Alice Cook died 4/11/1871 aged 68 years
4) The grave on the right Henry Hildick died 2/8/1865 Aged 65 years
5) The large grave behind 1 and next to 2 (covered in Ivy) James Bygott died 10/1/1867, his wife Alice died 5/6/1874 and their son died 27/2/1916
6) Behind large grave 5 Elizabeth Bygott died 26/11/1861 aged 1 year and 5 months
7) Next to 6 and 7 Harriet Victoria Bygott died 20/1/1862 aged 26 years
8) Next to 7 and 6 Mary Mills died 23/10/1860 aged 49 years
All the Orbs seem to have gone
Image 10) Again this picture was taken straight after the one above. Notice now that the strange mist and Orbs have all gone.

August 2003

approaching St Peter's graveyard along the old Saxon ditch
Image 11) Approaching St Peter's graveyard, travelling along the path that is the site of an old Saxon ditch. You can see the street light at the top centre of the image with an Orb below and to the left of this.
The same camera angle as Image 1.
Image 12) Taken in roughly the same direction as Image 1 from November 2002, an Orb can be seen in the bottom centre of the image.
Taken in the same direction as Image 7
Image 13) Taken in roughly the same direction as Image 7 from March 2003, two Orbs can be seen to the right of the picture. One is in front of the tree and the other is to the left of it.
St Peter's Church door by day
Image 14) This is a rough idea of the angle the next picture was taken (taken the same day)
Image 15) In this picture there are three clear Orbs. The one in the centre, one above it to the left and one in the centre right of the picture. There may be another one on the floor. The Orb on the centre right of the picture is remarkable close to the gravestone of the unknown lady of Barton. This lady, along with a gentleman, were strangers who appeared in Barton in 1777. The gentleman left and the lady tragically died in childbirth. When the gentleman returned he was heartbroken. She was buried in St Peter's churchyard just in the cenrte right of this picture. Her identity is still unknown to this day and her tombstone reflects this, for it says
'Doom'd to receive half my soul held dear,
The other half with grief, she left me here.
Ask not her name, for she was true and just,
Once a fine woman, but now a heap of dust.'
taken the next night from roughly the same angle as image 7
Image 16) Taken the next night in roughly the same direction as Image 7. A bright Orb can be seen just below the leaves of the tree in the top right of the picture.
Again taken the next night but taken in roughly the same direction as Image 14
Image 17) Again taken the next night but taken in roughly the same direction as Image 14. Again an Orb can be seen in the centre right of the image next to the tombstone of the unknown lady of Barton but this time much brighter. After investigation in daylight I could find nothing for my flash to reflect off.
Taken on the third night again from the same angle as Image 14
Image 18) Taken on the third night almost from the same angle as Image 14. This time an Orb can be seen in the centre of the picture and possible a feint one can be seen to the right and up slightly from it.
Taken on the third night facing left slightly from the angle in Image 7
Image 19) Again taken on the third night facing left slightly from the angle of Image 7. There are two bright Orbs, one in the top right and one down and left from it.

There was an interesting article appear in the Stamford Mercury in April 1859 which read "The lowering of the path across St. Peter's yard has revealed so many of the horrors of the grave that the work people have had to pursue their dreadful occupation at an early hour to obviate shocking the feelings of chance passengers across the yard. When finished it may be truthfully said that those who attend Church will "pass through the valley of the shadow of death." (source - Barton on Humber in the 1850's part 3)

Summary of the Results

Orbs are thought to be the spirit of dead people and are sometimes though to be the first manifestation of a ghost. To the believer the above pictures will be of interest, to the non-believer they will be dismissed as a camera fault or something else. All I will say is that in November 2002 in the first 3 pictures there is nothing for the flash to reflect off and in the second 3 pictures, in my opinion, the flash on the camera is not strong enough nor is the angle right for it to be from the church windows. In March 2003 again there is nothing for the camera flash to reflect off and Inbarton.co.uk certainly cannot explain the strange mist that appeared for about 20 seconds. There was no bonfire, nobody was smoking nearby, it was a clear night and it did not appear visible to the naked eye. In August 2003, so many pictures were taken with Orbs present and without that, whatever they are, it can be concluded that they are there and they move. Again there was nothing around for the flash to reflect off, nor windows or anything else. Inbarton.co.uk did take a picture of a moth to see if they were responsible for the Orbs, unfortunately they weren't and the picture was just black.
These are the results from three totally separate experiments, three totally different times of the year with three totally different weather conditions and nocturnal animals. (Inbarton.co.uk has also borrowed two other different makes of digital camera, and got the same sort of results). The Orbs appear whatever the time of year or weather or condition.

You may make your own minds up as to what these pictures show.

All these pictures have been taken by inbarton.co.uk and may not be reproduced without permission from the Webmaster first. Contact at images@inbarton.co.uk

 

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