This photograph, probably by Reeves, is a well-known one, and it is dear to Rouser’s heart.
It is almost like a scene from a haunting, which is quite appropriate as Shelleys Hotel, Lewes, where the picture was taken in Edwardian times, is reputedyly haunted.
It is said that anyone can see or experience strange phenomena – if one has the receptive state of mind at the time.
One such individual was a QC who, during 1978, stayed in Room 26 at Shelleys. He was staying in the hotel, dealing with the prosecution of a criminal at Lewes Crown Court, yet left hurriedly after his bed was apparently levitated three inches during the night.
Typical poltergeist activity increased during that year, with chairs being moved and clothes hangers and ashtrays being tossed around the room by an unseen force.
However, the phenomena in Room 26 is also associated with a gentleman who stayed there one night in the 1930s.
The following morning he departed so quickly that he left his clothes behind.
The manager of the hotel, David Nicholas, once told John Eccles that the ghost of a Cavalier had been seen near the staircase of the 16th century part of the building.
In one of the upper corridors the phantom of an old lady in a blue and white dress has also been witnessed.
So there you have it.