Most of us would not affiliate the Christmas interval with the ghastly, ghoulish and grim enterprise of ghost tales – with these neatly contained within the celebration of Halloween.
However the time of yr normally embodied by good tidings, merriness and an terrible lot of roast potatoes has a barely totally different face in Kent.
We’re no strangers to the odd supernatural story within the backyard of England – from the haunted village of Pluckley, to the deserted and plague-stricken hamlet of Dode.
However based on the Paranormal Database, we have got a veritable stocking’s price of festive phantoms floating across the county throughout December.
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From the whimsical to the depraved, there’s a complete host of various ghost sightings centered across the festive interval in Kent.
So – if re-watching Tim Burton’s Nightmare Earlier than Christmas is not fairly doing it for you anymore, take a look beneath at KentLive’s listing of yuletide hauntings and horrors.
Bridge over the River Eden, Hever
Each Christmas Eve, it is believed that the ghost of Anne Boleyn seems and crosses the bridge at Hever.
The world can be supposedly haunted by a farmer, who’s believed to have been robbed and murdered close by.
Close by Hever Fortress is well-known for its hyperlinks to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – so the stressed spirit of Boleyn may simply be making an attempt to affix within the festivities.
Street to Hawkhurst, Marden
A barely extra gristly story, Marden is residence to a freeway robbery-based haunting.
Gilbert, an eighteenth century highwayman who tried to rob a coach, was stabbed to loss of life by one of many occupants – after she recognised him as having killed her brother.
Allegedly, killing drove the girl mad.
Since then, the scene is claimed to silently reenact each Christmas Eve on the highway to Hawkhurst.
Each December 24 it’s believed the ghost of Charles Dickens haunts the moat of Rochester citadel – and that is not all.
He has been seen each there and on the Corn Alternate clock.
Dickens, who wrote the unique phantom-filled Christmas story in A Christmas Carol, lived for a lot of his life in Rochester – and ultimately died within the metropolis – and at all times had a penchant for the darkish and gothic, with ghosts enjoying a central function in one other of his novels, Nice Expectations.
Kemsing Church, Kemsing
Each December 29, a knight in shining armour rides as much as St Mary’s Church within the village of Kemsing close to Sevenoaks.
From there, he enters the constructing and briefly prays on the altar earlier than vanishing once more till one other yr goes by.
Ringlestone Inn, Harrietsham
Throughout this spectral encounter, which reoccurs each summer season and winter, the sounds of somebody stomping on the cellar steps will be heard, stopping simply previous to reaching the highest.
The nation pub within the tiny hamlet of Ringlestone is as remoted as a rustic pub will get – buried deep within the coronary heart of Kent’s Downs AONB – that means it is a ghost you will must exit of your option to encounter.
Shipwrights Arms, Faversham
This encounter would not happen on a particular date, however the Pink Eyed Sailor seems within the seventeenth century pub on chilly winter nights – and given the forecast, we’re ripe for a haunting.
Having died on account of a delivery accident, the phantom sailor now seems on icy nights.
His favorite trick is to open the entrance door and stroll in, solely to vanish moments later, leaving solely a wierd, disconcerting odour.