Ghost hunters capture a figure in the graveyard they believe is the ghost of a tragic merchant’s wife
Ghost hunters captured on camera a creepy figure of a ‘floating lady in white’ on their visit to a Victorian graveyard.
They believe it is the ghost of Katherine Parker, a tragic merchant woman who hanged herself more than 170 years ago.
The team of paranormal investigators got goosebumps when they saw the ghostly figure linger at the graves of Sheffield General Cemetery.
The ‘floating lady in white’ was captured by a viewer when Retford Ghost Hunters livestreamed their visit to the 19th-century cemetery on October 17.
The ‘floating lady in white’ captured on camera in a Victorian cemetery. Ghost hunters believe it is the ghost of Katherine Parker, the wife of a cutlery merchant and mother of five, who was left destitute by her husband’s death and committed suicide over 170 years ago
It wasn’t until the next morning that the group researched the history of the Victorian cemetery did they discover the chilling story of Katherine Parker.
Katherine was the wife of William Parker – a pioneer of cutlery in Steel City and former Master Cutler of Sheffield, who died in 1837.
He was one of the first people to be buried on Sheffield General – which became one of the earliest working cemeteries in the UK when it opened in 1836.
William died without a will, so there was no binding agreement on the distribution of his money, business interests, and property after his death.
It left wife Katherine penniless and she was forced to raise the couple’s five children on her own while managing her late husband’s affairs.
She died by suicide in 1844, and the inquest into her death found that she had had “tremendous fears and a lot to manage.”
Katherine was a mother of five and the wife a cutlery pioneer in the steel city who was left “penniless” when her husband died without making a will. She hanged herself in 1844 and reportedly haunts Sheffield General Cemetery (pictured)
Group leader Rachel Parsons believes the photo captured on camera could be Katherine as she is reportedly haunting the graveyard.
Rachel, 48, said: ‘We decided to visit the cemetery because there is so much history behind it and in a way the monuments there are really beautiful.
So many prominent figures of the steel and cutlery industry who are synonymous with Sheffield’s history are buried there.
‘As is often the case with our visits, we only realize what we’ve captured on camera when you come home and look at the images.
In this case, we were told by a viewer that there was a floating white lady at one of the graves around 11:30 pm.
On the way I felt a woman, and a woman with mental health problems, and she followed me all over the cemetery.
It was pretty nerve-racking and it felt like she didn’t want us there. It felt like she was a tormented woman and it made me feel most uncomfortable.
When I read the history of the place and saw Katherine’s sad story it jumped out and I and I immediately thought it must be her.
“Many of the tombs have rather opulent stone decorations and I thought at first that the statue may have been part of a tomb.
‘But you can see it’s completely translucent and we’ve had people go back to that same place and there’s nothing like that.
‘It certainly gave us the creeps. When I picked up a woman with severe mental health issues and got the picture and then found out about her, everything was just connected.
“One of the most prominent memorials in the cemetery is that of William Parker, it is a Grade I listed monument and it must be a place she has visited often.”
A viewer saw the ‘completely translucent’ image when Retford Ghost Hunters (pictured) livestreamed their visit to the cemetery on Oct.17
Sheffield General Cemetery was also one of the first private landscaped cemeteries to be opened outside of London.
It was built in response to overcrowded cemeteries following a massive cholera outbreak in 1832, as many of the pandemic victims had to be buried in mass graves.
Rachel, who has participated in paranormal investigations for 20 years, adds: “I think it was a very suitable place to visit, considering we are in a pandemic of our own.
‘But we never dreamed that we would capture some of his fascinating things on camera. We believe it is fantastic evidence, but we do not impose our beliefs on others.
“It’s up to individuals what they make of it, but it’s certainly great in time for Halloween nonetheless.”