A MUM has told of her shock after discovering a ghostly apparition at the window of an abandoned country house as her son rode his bike below.
Louise Lenton, 41, noticed the figure as she looked back over mobile phone footage of a visit to Oldway Mansion in Paignton, Devon.
SWNS:South West News Service A mum was left shocked at spotting this apparition at a window in footage of her son riding his bike
It shows her five-year-old lad circling the car park on his cycle.
But, in a window on the first floor there appears to be a female figure in Victorian dress.
Louise, from Paignton, Devon, said: “My partner and I had split off, with him going to walk the dogs on the fields and I took our little boy to the car park to practise riding his bike.
“The car park is flat and perfect to do it. I was just filming him and that was it.
Apex News Louise Lenton noticed the figure as she looked back over mobile phone footage of a visit to Oldway Mansion in Paignton, Devon
SWNS:South West News Service Louise did not initially notice the figure that appears to be stood at a first-floor window
“It wasn’t until I was home and in bed watching the film back when I noticed it.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh’ and my partner could not explain it. Neither of us know what this is.
“When I was filming I didn’t see it at all. I was too busy filming. I screenshotted it and zoomed in straight away.
“It looks like a lady with hair in a bun, with white cuffs around her hands.”
SWNS:South West News Service Security guards were patrolling the building at the time, but Louise does not believe the figure is one
Apex News Louise took the footage on a visit to the abandoned country home with her five-year-old son
Torbay Council told Louise that security guards would have been inside the building at the time the footage was recorded.
But, Louise insisted: “It’s certainly not a security guard from what I can tell. The outfit the woman is wearing appears to have white cuffs and it looks Victorian.
“I would love to know who or what it was.”
The Grade II-listed mansion was constructed at vast expense in 1871 by Isaac Singer – the founder of the Singer sewing machine company.
Alamy The Grade II-listed mansion was constructed in 1871 by Isaac Singer – the founder of the Singer sewing machine company
Alamy The mansion previously housed council offices before lying empty for the past five years
Set in 17 acres of Devon countryside, it was later rebuilt by his son Paris in the style of the Palace of Versailles.
The family lived there until the end of World War I when it became a hospital.
During World War II it was home to RAF cadets undergoing air crew training before being sold to Torbay Borough Council.