Are these Kent’s top 10 most haunted sites this Halloween?
PUBLISHED: 09:39 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:42 31 October 2017
Many areas across the county have a history of spooky sighting
It will have not escaped your attention that Halloween is tonight.
So while local children play trick or treat, why not scare yourself with our top 10 of Kent’s most haunted places...
The epi-centre of paranormal claims in the county, Pluckley, just outside Ashford, is known as the most haunted village in England.
It claims to have the 18th century murdered highwayman at Fright Corner back nightly to re-enact his death - pinned to a tree by a sword.
The spirits of ladies are common too - there is a Tudor lady, along with a White Lady, a gin-soaked Watercress Woman at Pinnock Bridge who burned, plus the remains of a hanged school teacher, monk and even a long dead colonel.
And don’t forget the haunted horse drawn carriage that frequents Maltman’s Hill and screaming man who fell to his death at the brickworks.
The village made the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as the most haunted with 12, but some say it is up to 16.
2. Blue Bell Hill
Known today as a dual carriageway that runs between Medway and Maidstone, every so often, a motorist will report hitting a woman walking along the road in traffic. On closer inspection they find no-one. It is claimed to be Susan Brown, 22, a bride-to-be killed in 1965 on the eve of her wedding along with two friends. Their spinning car hit a Jaguar coming the other way.
Some tales even speak of ghost sightings on the hill long before this tragedy. Some speak of a phantom hitchhiker who is never there when kindly drivers stop, although one man in 1962 talked of a girl in her 20s that vanished once she sat in his back seat.
3. The A21
Similiar story here, for it too claims to boast of a ghost returning to the land of the living following a road tragedy.
This time, it is often an old lady near the A25 junction at Brasted. Like one of those on Blue Bell, she will step in front of cars terrifying drivers into thinking they have run someone over. Of course, looking back, no one is there. She is always in a pale or beige raincoat.
She is, so the story goes, an elderly woman killed on the road back in 1959.
4. Dover Castle
Given their rich and often brutal history, castles are always a good source for ghosts, and Dover is exceptional.
The 12th century castle is apparently haunted by a headless drummer boy. Reports speak of him wandering around banging the drum repeatedly. It is claimed he lost his head in a robbery hundreds of years ago.
The ghostly remains of British soldiers killed in action frequent the underground tunnels too, often wailing in pain and begging to be allowed back to their old lives before war.
Plus there is a monk, a soldier from Roman times and even a lady in red.
Some have experienced sudden drops in temperature and been subjected to ‘voices’. The classic mysterious opening doors are common too. Anyone would think today it was some sort of tourist attraction...
5. Hever Castle
Hever is a treat as there are few royal ghosts. Anne Boleyn was beheaded by her beloved Henry VIII in 1536, and it is said she still walks the corridors of her home. Her father Thomas has also been seen, and has even been spotted in the nearby village in his carriage.
There are reports that in spite of her brutal death, Anne Boleyn is happy to be home as it was the place of her best memories during life. Her ghost has been reported sitting by the River Eden and strolling through the gardens. It is said to be more prevalent during the festive period, especially Christmas Eve.
6. Mote Park
Once the estate of a country home 300 years ago, dozens claim to have seen a little girl wandering the park land bathed in a white light. No one knows who she was or why she is there, but one assumes it wasn’t for the Maidstone night life.
A monk has also been seen occasionally in the parklands since the 19th century. One of the most recent sightings was way back during the Second World War when two Canadian soldiers claimed to have seen him in a grey outfit, and ignoring the real world around him.
7. Bilsington Priory
Situated near Ashford, the priory was a monastery in the 13th century and a ghostly monk has been seen going about his business. Other apparitions include some military folk. Once again, it was Canadian soldiers who claimed to see a woman in all her Victorian finery floating through the grounds. Perhaps it’s something they drink,
There has been so much paranormal activity over the years that it is now a favourite on ghost hunter tours.
8. Fort Amherst
The Chatham fort dating back to Napoleonic times is certainly a rather scary looking place.
As with all good haunted fortresses, there are plenty of soldiers heard at the site and in its miles of tunnels. Visitors can eavesdrop on the mysterious voices, and perhaps even feel some ghostly neck breathing. Which doesn’t sound very nice.
It all makes for a great Halloween location, and the staff excel with their ‘jump’ nights. All this plus apparitions of women, children, along with their cries of despair add to the terror of the undead.
Home to Britain’s most famous prime minister, some say they can still smell the musty scent of freshly lit cigars being smoked by Sir Winston Churchill.
There are some who have claimed to have actually seen the great man himself. He handed the home over to the National Trust in 1965, but it seems he never left.
Even Sir Winston once wrote about seeing the ghost of his own father while painting in the studio.
The trust said: “He had been copying a portrait of his father when suddenly he became aware of an odd sensation and there, sitting in his red leather upright armchair, was his father, just as Winston remembered him in his prime.” Just cigars you were smoking was it, sir?
10. Combe Bank, Sundridge
Back to tales of tragedy and murder when in 1807 Lady Campbell died in a fire and only a thumb remained. This was buried in the ground, and is the catalyst for her reappearances.
She had been cursed by her husband Lord Ferrers just before he was hanged for murdering a steward for turning against him in a messy divorce.
He wanted her to die in a more painful way that he was about to, and so it happened in a tower on the property. Now the lady of the house appears regularly, possibly lamenting the curse placed upon her. Well you would, wouldn’t you?