Kent - Paranormal Database Records

Lantern Man

Location: Saltwood - Road to Sanding, near Slaybrook Farm.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A fireball that morphs into a man carrying a lantern is supposed to haunt this stretch of road, disappearing near the railway bridge. There is also at least one sighting of a grey woman being seen, though only the upper part of her body had materialised.

Roman Soldier

Location: Saltwood - Slaybrook Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to be the site of a long forgotten battle, the misty form seen on occasion resembles a Roman centurion.


Location: Sevenoaks - Chequers public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This inn is home to a female phantom who watched her son's execution from an upstairs window. Her wails are said to be occasionally heard.

Old Lady

Location: Sevenoaks - Maidstone Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed in a road traffic accident in 1959, this ghostly figure now steps out in front of traffic on the anniversary of her death.

Stretch of Road

Location: Sevenoaks - Sevenoaks bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1979
Further Comments: A witness reported that the road she was driving on faded from view, and a ghostly one appeared to her right - potentially leading to a head-on crash with other vehicles. It is thought this phenomenon has been responsible for several fatal accidents along this road.

The Deaf Adder

Location: Sevenoaks - Woodland in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This terminator-like serpent was said to be completely deaf, but if the snake spotted anyone, it would pursue its victim, never giving up the chase until it had bitten its prey. The bite was always fatal.

Black Object

Location: Sheerness - Skies over town
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 12 October 1912
Further Comments: A large dark object was seen passing over the town, buzzing loudly.

Sir Henry Vane

Location: Shipbourne - All over the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Executed in London after being found guilty of high treason, Vane was placed in a stone coffin in Shipbourne church - his tomb is said to be shorter than the others, reflecting the fact he had his head chopped off. His unhappy ghost walks around the village.

Crying Man

Location: Shoreham - Crown Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing outside the inn, this phantom man died of a broken heart. He was married to the landlord's daughter, but was press ganged and sent to sea. By the time he returned, his wife had died.

Man with Brown Dog

Location: Shorne - Shorne Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of an old man, accompanied by a small brown dog, has been seen in one of the bedrooms here. A misty presence was observed moving along the ceiling in the 1940's, and a young girl is also said to haunt the building.

Grey Lady

Location: Sissinghurst - Approaching the village from Wilsley Pound
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: By a large tree near a white house on the approach to Sissinghurst from Wilsley Pound, a phantom grey lady occasionally stands.


Location: Sissinghurst - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The garden area is said to be home for a peaceful monk, killed by Sir John Baker who built the castle. His footsteps have been heard walking alongside visitors to the gardens. A phantasm has also been reported on a staircase in the castle, though it is unclear whether it is the same entity.

Small French Man

Location: Smarden - The Chequers Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late Spring (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The ghost of a French POW from the Napoleonic war is said to move small items around the premises and upset pets in the building.

Short Woman

Location: Southfleet - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Believed to be either a nurse or a nun, this spectre wears a brown outfit and carries an armful of paper.

Long Sea Beast

Location: St Margaret's Bay - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1912
Further Comments: This sea serpent was observed moving swiftly through the water, vanishing from view after a sailing boat moved too close to it.


Location: Staplehurst - The Kings Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: After a headstone in the garden was removed, phantom noises came from the bar area once it was devoid of human life, and the guest room. The latter area is supposed to terrify animals.

Kentish Longtails

Location: Strood - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 24 December 1190 onwards
Further Comments: One legend says that Thomas Becket was riding through the land when a member of the de Broc family cut off his horse's tail. This must have mightily upset the archbishop, as Becket cursed the population of Strood to be born with tails.

Smart Man

Location: Strood - Three Crutches Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in fine clothing, this phantom gentleman is said to walk through a wall in the dining room. Another ghostly figure has been observed sitting at an upper floor window.

Cursed Widow

Location: Sundridge - Combe Bank - Parkland
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cursed by her husband prior to his execution (the woman's testimony placed him there, enabling her to run off with another man), Lord Ferrer's widow died in a fire so intense only part of her thumb was recovered. Her spirit is said to be looking for the rest of the body.


Location: Swanley - Field in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: This area is reputedly haunted by a gamekeeper wearing a long brown coat and tricorn hat, killed after accidently stepping on a mantrap that he had set to catch poachers.


Location: Swanley - Private residence, Rowan Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: April 2015
Further Comments: Local news carried the story of a woman who claimed that the ghost of her mother could be seen peering out of a window in her former property on Google Earth, although the image is more likely to be pareidolia.

Sky Ship

Location: Swanscombe - Church and nearby Blue Anchor public house
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1211
Further Comments: A group here for Sunday service watched a strange ship drop anchor from the heavens, which became entangled around a gravestone. One of the crew jumped overboard and headed towards the anchor, moving as if swimming. Witnesses grabbed the stranger as he reached the ground; he struggled briefly before drowning, even though on dry land. The remaining crew in the ship severed the rope of the anchor and sailed away; the strange artefact was melted down and used to make the hinges on the local church doors.

Young Man

Location: Tenterden - A28, near Silver Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1997
Further Comments: A woman driving along the road watched in disbelieve as a semi-transparent man dressed in black stepped out in front of her car. She hit the figure and stopped immediately, but was unable to find the man, and her car remained undamaged.


Location: Thanet - Former Ambulance Station, now Westwood Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A cold wind felt in the former ambulance station, even in the height of summer, was attributed to a phantom officer. Some believe that even though the building has been replaced by a shopping centre, the ghost remains.

Gardener Watching the Goldfish

Location: Thanet - Thanet House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dedicated gardener has been watched several times standing on a stone bridge, watching the fish in the pool.

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