The name Lawson Clout may be familiar to regular users of this website as the
photographer who specialises in stunning pictures of Shropshire's castles and
historic monuments. It was while he was photographing the ruins of Lilleshall
Abbey that he had the following experience.
had a very strange
experience at Lilleshall Abbey. I go there quite regularly because it helps me
with my depression and I always feel relaxed.
On Tuesday 5th May I was
photographing the area of the processional doorway, the plain non-decorative side.
of the ghost done after the event by Lawson Clout
weather was warm but dull. I was about to take the photograph when I came over
I nearly dropped my camera when I caught sight of a figure walking towards me
from the sacristy doorway.
I froze. It stopped smiled at me. It was a
man dressed in a black robe with no hood.
figure was about 5ft 6 approx, he had very little hair, he wore a black robe,
and it was tied with a kind of brown rope.
was young - say about 30.
had a happy face with a warm calming smile.
his left hand he held a very small book, a bible perhaps.
appeared from the sacristy doorway as just a blurr through my camera lens, a bit
like a smear of grease on glass.
fact I thought my camera lens was dirty at first, then the shock set in. It was
a good job my camera strap was around my shoulders as I nearly dropped it!
Clout took this picture of what he describes as a strange light (bottom right)
that moved rapidly around the abbey grounds one evening after he saw the apparition.
He assures us the picture was taken on a cloudy evening with no sunshine, and
has not been tampered with in any way.
then his image became more visible as he approached me.
was very cold at this time yet I had a sweater on, and shakily I backed away from
him at first until he began speaking, but his voice was so calming I sat on the
I got his name and he said my depression would be gone. But he never moved his
I tried to take a photo but has I did his image started dissolving and he headed
towards the wall directly to the right of the sacristy doorway, then he was gone.
felt warmer now. I left the Abbey and went home. not believing what i had just
I never mentioned it until I was reading
about a lady's experience on the
Weird Shropshire page who kept seeing a monk apparition in her home.
I am very nervous about returning, but have been back several times, nearly every
day ever since this experience occured.
adore this Abbey and enjoy its comforting peace and quiet, but I look at things
differently now and continue to photograph the Abbey and area were I had this
you've experienced something of this nature you dont forget it.
for about 15 mins after the sighting were really on edge, then I came over all
calm, and have felt that way ever since."