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Kent Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

The Black Prince

Location: Dartford - A2 road between Dartford and Bexley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: Dressed in black armour, this ghostly figure was observed several times walking along the road during the Second World War.

Potato Thrower

Location: Dartford - Undisclosed house at Ruskin Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975-1976
Further Comments: The family Robertson were forced from their home after experiencing a haunting that lasted two years. Mr Robertson reported seeing a ghostly figure at the top of the staircase on the day they moved in, their pets reacted to an invisible presence, and poltergeist activity would throw around potatoes and clean laundry. No reports have come from the site since the family moved away.

The Lady Lovibond

Location: Deal - Goodwin Sands
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 February, every 50 years from 1748
Further Comments: A jealous sailor deliberately ran the Lady Lovibond onto the Goodwin Sands, a treacherous area off the coast of Deal, wreaking the ship and killing all on board. The craft is now said to re-enact the crash, though there are no reports of any witnesses in 1998. Two other ghostly craft are said to frequent the area - the liner Montrose, and a man of war named Shrewsbury.

Admiral

Location: Deal - Sholdean Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The admiral who is said to have once lived here is held accountable for the odd knocks and taps heard around the home.

Bad Sir Giles

Location: Denton - Coppice close to Tappington Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Giles is said to have lured the gamekeeper's daughter into the wooded area and murdered her. Both people were said to haunt the coppice, though no actual sightings are documented.

Cyclist

Location: Detling - Site of former RAF Detling
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2004
Further Comments: A cyclist dressed in a Second World War RAF uniform passed by a witness and then disappeared. When the witness mentioned the encounter the following day, they were told horses would refuse to cross the grassy area where the sighting had occurred.

Misty Figure

Location: Ditton - New Hythe train station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly figure is reported to haunt the area in and around the railway station.

Pacing Man

Location: Dover - Castle Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010, January 2012 (or possibly 2011)
Further Comments: During renovation of the inn, two painters spotted a man walking around the upper part of the building. They investigated but could not find the man, nor any way the figure could have left the area. Around the same time, the landlady reported rustling on the staircase and keys which jangled unaided. In 2012 the only guest in the inn spotted three men in long shabby coats and hats having a meeting in the room next door, yet the room should have been empty.

Laughing

Location: Dover - Cinque Port Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of laughing are said to be heard in one room here.


Dover Castle, Kent.

Headless Drummer

Location: Dover - Dover Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mostly unknown, soldier seen 02 November 2013
Further Comments: The headless drummer boy is said to date from the Napoleonic period. A lady in red and figure in blue have also been reported, while the tunnels under the castle are haunted by Second World War soldiers and operatives, perhaps escapees from Dunkirk - one figure in khaki and with a blurred face was seen walking purposefully along a corridor in 2013. The Arthurian hero Sir Gawain is reportedly buried here.

Hooded Monk

Location: Dover - Roman lighthouse, near St Mary in Castro Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Both a ghostly monk in a dark habit and a phantom Roman soldier forever walk the area.

Rushing Horseman

Location: East Malling - Barming Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January (normally) (reoccurring). Seen last in 1971
Further Comments: This figure has been both seen and heard as he darts around trees and over roads. One witness said the entity charged towards their car, disappearing on impact.

Sliding Glass

Location: Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey - Shurland Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 07 October 2011
Further Comments: CCTV caught a glass move across a table and break on the floor, although some speculate that it slipped off. Staff have also reported other paranormal activities, including disembodied footsteps, banging on the walls, and a phantom little girl who manifested briefly at the foot of a bed.

Vicar

Location: Eastry - Eastry church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1956
Further Comments: Photographed in 1956 (see Janet & Colin Bord's Modern Mysteries of Britain, p40, for a good copy of the image), this ghost appears to be that of a former clergyman.

Countless Stones

Location: Eccles - Little (or Lower) Kit's Coty
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A baker attempted to count the stones here, to prove that it was possible to number the so-called 'countless stones'. The baker placed a loaf of bread on each rock, and when complete, counted each one he took back. The Devil had other plans, however, and consumed several loaves before the baker had finished.

Failing Breaks

Location: Elmsted - Elchin Hill
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Some cars have been said to experience sudden mechanical failure on the hill, normally affecting the brakes and steering.

Headless Monk

Location: Erith - Lesnes Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring), last seen 1981?
Further Comments: The monk was caught with a woman and killed for his crime. The entity now returns once a year. He may have last been seen in 1981 by a teenager who would search the woods near the abbey for old pots and pipes. After returning home one night from the woods, the teenager reportedly spotted a monk in a brown robe holding a lantern on a hooked pole outside his window. The abbey is also home to phantom horsemen, and Roesia of Dover who is looking for her heart (it was buried here by her father).

White Lady

Location: Eynsford - Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost is likely to be responsible for the cold spot located in the moat.

Pale Woman

Location: Eynsford - Plough and Harrow public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly woman was said to haunt the area just outside the pub, while the building itself was home to a poltergeist.

Horse and Coach

Location: Farningham - Main road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An old coaching route, some still say that phantom horses and coaches can still be heard passing along the road.

Footsteps

Location: Faversham - Guildhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 November 1997
Further Comments: Four people in the committee room heard footsteps walking on the staircase and across the council chamber. Believing to be alone, they investigated and could find no one else in the building. When they resumed their meeting, once again they heard the footsteps. A few weeks prior to this, one man said he had heard a woman's voice in the empty building.

Red Eyed Sailor

Location: Faversham - Shipwrights Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Cold winter nights
Further Comments: Having died in a shipping accident, the phantom sailor now appears on icy nights. His favourite trick is to open the front door and walk in, only to disappear moments later, leaving only a strange, disconcerting odour.

Drifting Nun

Location: Fawkham Green - Pennis Lane
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Autumn (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing at dusk, the figure of a nun has been reported floating down this lane. Her skull is housed at Pennis Farm and it is said if the object is ever removed a great curse will befall the valley.

Old lady in White Blouse

Location: Five Oak Green - The Kings Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Friendly in nature, this lady in a black dress wears a large cameo broach. Her activities include removing lipsticks and earrings, and locking doors.

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