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Kent Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Figure in White

Location: Canterbury - Marlowe Theatre (original theatre demolished in 1982)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: This ghostly figure was seen loitering on the right hand side of the stage during a performance. Please note that the image is of the newer Marlow; the one in which the ghost was encountered was demolished in 1982.

Grey Lady

Location: Canterbury - The Old Weaver's House, currently a restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen by a domestic assistant, the lady in grey was observed ascending the staircase.

Three Children

Location: Canterbury - Tiny Tim's Tearoom (restaurant), 34 St Margaret's Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Workmen working on restoring the building during the 2000s reported the sounds of children playing on the staircase, strange noises in the attic, and youngsters whispering in a panelled room where they had found the relics from several children.

Dog Walker

Location: Charing - Pett Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man driving home with his mother spotted a man wearing a mackintosh walking his dog along this lane. The car slowed then stopped to let the man and hound cross, but they passed straight through the side of the car, illuminating the inside before vanishing without trace.


Location: Chartham - Howfield Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a monastery, plainchant has been heard coming from this area. It is also reported that a monk haunts the grounds of the Manor - he died while trying to save his brothers from a fire.


Location: Chartham - Chartham signal box
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa 1991, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A young signalman was on the phone to a colleague in the signal box in Wye when the man on the other end of the phone started screaming. The young signalman asked what was wrong and was informed that the box in Wye had just started shaking. At that moment, the young signalman's box also began to shake, likened to someone hitting the building with a sledgehammer every second. The young signalman opened the door ready to face the person hitting the building; the shaking stopped, and no one could be seen. The young signalman continued to work in the box for several years, and while the intensity of the experience was never matched, the shaking would occasionally repeat.


Location: Chatham - Dockyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Nelson has reportedly been seen here, though there are few details as to why. A more recent addition to the ghost world is a female supervisor who died here in the 1980's; she prods workers who are not pulling their weight!

Girl in Old Fashioned Clothing

Location: Chatham - 122 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: While watching the CCTV camera here, a member of staff watched the girl brushing her hair by a row of dresses, although when the staff member went to serve the girl, she had vanished. The same girl was later seen looking through a window in the upper part of the shop - upon investigation, the room was empty, though it was impossible for a trespasser to leave without passing someone.

Taps and Footsteps

Location: Chatham - Two houses along Magpie Hall Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: A nasty suicide occurred in one of the buildings, and now it would appear the ghost has involved his former neighbouring house in the haunting. Loud taps are heard, stopping abruptly upon investigation, and footsteps approach closed doors, never to enter.


Location: Chatham - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghostly Humphrey would sit and watch shows in the mid-twentieth century - if he liked it, he would stay, otherwise walk out. Other shades remain in the building - a woman in a long evening dress has been seen and possibly heard, and mild poltergeist activity reported.

Wooden Leg

Location: Chatham - St Mary's Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1949
Further Comments: The sound of someone walking around with a peg leg has been heard late at night, and reportedly seen in Room 34 of the Cumberland block.


Location: Chatham - Old Royal Marine Barracks, former guardroom section, Dock Road (building since demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Even after the Royal Marines vacated their former barracks in 1950, one of their number remained. A marine who had committed suicide refused to leave and was spotted by Naval personnel who took up residence in the building.


Location: Chatham - Hill House (demolished late eighteenth century, site was north of Chatham Church, now Medway Council Offices)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa mid seventeenth century
Further Comments: Kenrick Edisbury, nicknamed Edgeborrow, was Surveyor of the Navy between December 1632 and September 1638. After Edgeborrow died, he was said to haunt his former bedroom. Samuel Pepys spent a night in this room but did not see the ghost (although he was briefly unnerved by a pillow).


Location: Chatham - Upper Bell Inn (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This public house was said to be haunted, possibly by the ghost of Dick Turpin, although there is a distinct lack of accounts of any sightings. A headstone which stood in the beer garden most likely added to its spooky atmosphere, as did its location, close to Blue Bell Hill and its infamous vanishing hitchhiker (but more on her another day). One paranormal group claimed to have photographed 'orbs' on this site,


Location: Chiddingstone - Chiddingstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female ghost is rumoured to ride her horse along the lanes that lead to the castle, recognisable by her tricorne hat.

Grey Lady

Location: Chilham - Wool Pack Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This place is allegedly haunted by a phantom grey woman.

Man in Black Gown

Location: Chilham - The White Horse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10:10h, reoccurring, started 1956, end date unknown
Further Comments: The haunting started soon after the discovery of a small secret hole in an old fireplace. The figure disappeared only when spoken to, and is rumoured to be Sampson Hievar, a former vicar from the nearby church.

Barrow Dog

Location: Chilham - Pilgrim's Way, opposite the Woolpack Inn
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: January 1947
Further Comments: A witness watched this large black creature bounding towards the barrow, where it promptly disappeared.

Medieval Girl

Location: Chilham - Chilham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bar, built into the castle for the enjoyment of tourists, is rumoured to be haunted by an unknown girl who has scared staff. There is an old story that she was bricked up alive by a previous owner of the castle, for reasons unknown.


Location: Cliffe - Black Bull public house, Church Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Footsteps can be heard in the upstairs part of the building, and locked doors have been known to open themselves.

Glowing Figure

Location: Cliffsend - Site of old gibbet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The burial site of crooks and suicides, a glowing figure appears here and was blamed for a handful of weird car accidents near the site.

Sea Creature with Horses Ears

Location: Cliftonville - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This sea monster was seen briefly off the coast.

Theresa Benenden

Location: Cranbrook - The Pest House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A 'pretty' woman has been reported as gliding from the fireplace to the staircase, where she disappears - the shade is thought to be Benenden, and her initials are still carved into a door over 230 years old. She has been seen in other parts of the building, sometimes holding a candle.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Cranbrook - Road towards Marden
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 September 2011
Further Comments: A driver and passenger watched as a cloaked figure jumped down from the trees in front of their car before leaping over the vehicle. The cloak could be heard 'whooshing' over the car. The figure was too tall for the driver to see the head, although the rest of the entity was described as human-like.

Sir Richard Bloody Baker

Location: Cranbrook - Cranbrook House?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An early serial killer, Sir Richard's girlfriend caught him carrying a body. His ghost now haunts the scene of his last crime.

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