The Blue Bell Hill Ghost

The Blue Bell Hill Ghost

One of the most famous paranormal reports to come out of Kent is that of the Blue Bell Hill ghost – it has been covered by all the top British newspapers and registers many repeat experiences…


The Suicidal Woman

The most famous paranormal entity from this haunted road is that of a woman who chooses to run out in front of motorists late at night. Eyewitness reports claim that she stands still and locks eyes with the driver before being hit by the vehicle.

Once the car hits this female entity she immediately vanishes – No evidence of a collision has ever been found, nor has there ever been a victim found either.

Research into this area points to this paranormal entity being that of a lady who died tragically in 1965, near the bridge over The Old Chatham Road.

She was involved in a two-car collision when transporting three of her friends to a function. Only one of the women travelling in the car survived the crash.

The driver of the car was due to be wed to her childhood sweetheart the following day – many locals believe that it is her ghost that haunts the Blue Bell Hill.


Paranormal Reports Linked to Blue Bell Hill

About four years after the tragic collision, a male driver posted a report that claimed he had seen two female entities walking down the road towards his car. He was on his way home to Rochester, late at night, when he saw two pedestrians walking towards him.

They had a slight light glow to them as they walked along the roadside so the man slowed down to get a better look. As soon as his car decreased in speed the pair of pedestrians vanished into thin air.

Paranormal Reports Linked to Blue Bell Hill

The same man is reported to encountered the same two ghostly pedestrians about 3 months later.

This time they decided to walk in the middle of the road causing the driver to smash straight through them. When he stopped to check on the carnage behind him there was no sign of the two pedestrians he had hit!


The Maurice Goodenough Incident

Maurice Goodenough was a bricklayer from nearby Rochester. Late at night, on the 13th of July, 1974, he was shocked to witness a young girl hurl herself in front of his car as he drove along Blue Bell Hill.

He slammed on his brakes and jumped out of the car to tend to the girl he had hit, she was lying injured at the side of the road.

Having no medical training, Maurice had no idea what to do with the injured girl. He figured moving her would only make matters worse, so he covered her in a blanket from the back of his car and sped off to the nearby police station in Rochester.

When he returned with the police to the scene of the accident there was no sign of the girl. All that was left on the side of the road was the blanket he had used to cover her injured body.

Police called an official search on the area that went on for a couple of days – all the local hospital records were checked but there had been no admissions matching the description of the girl.

The Maurice Goodenough Incident

Goodenough was interviewed by the News of the World that Saturday night and stuck to his story…even though he was still extremely traumatised by the incident.

He claimed that he was not mad – he had definitely hit a young lady that had simply vanished.

The press had a field day with his paranormal claims and eventually published articles covering the accident back in 1965 – was this girl the ghost of one of the female passengers who had died tragically that night?


The Ian Sharpe Incident

Late one Sunday evening in November, 1992, Ian Sharpe, a 54-year-old coach driver was on his way home to Maidstone.

When he neared the Aylesford southbound turn-off of the A229 at Blue Bell Hill, a young woman walked straight in front of his vehicle. He claimed that the woman calmly stood there and stared straight into his eyes as he crashed into her and run straight over her body.

Sharpe got out of his vehicle fearing the worse…but when he checked the area he found no sign of a body.

Shaken and petrified, he travelled straight to the local police station.

The police managed to calm him down and eventually explained that the area had received many similar reports over the years – it was as though they believed the paranormal incidents themselves.

They did agree to return to the area of the accident with Sharpe but yet again – no body was found. Ian Sharpe later described it as the most terrifying experience of his life.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Blue Bell Hill ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Pluckley Ghosts

The Pluckley Ghosts

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the ‘Pluckley ghosts’ that inhabit the most haunted village in England. The following report highlights the ghosts of Pluckley village, in Kent


*NOTE: In 1989 the Guinness World Records awarded Pluckley the title of the most haunted village in England.


THE GHOST OF THE HIGHWAYMAN

History indicates that during the 18th Century, an unnamed highwayman was ambushed and savagely stabbed to death at Fright Corner by either local police or competing criminals.

Legend has it that he was left pinned to a hollow oak tree by the sword used to kill him.

Over the years there have been numerous reports of the gruesome ambush scene being replayed by the spirits involved in the incident.


THE HORSE DRAWN COACH

A ghostly horse drawn coach has been reported by locals numerous times around the Maltman’s Hill area of the village. One of the most famous reports came from a local lady who was driving home from babysitting her granddaughter, just after midnight.

When she arrived at Pinnock’s Crossroads, she witnessed a strange, lit up coach, which was being pulled by horses, coming towards her.

On another occasion, a Pluckley local was driving home late one night through the back streets of the village. As he came to an intersection in the back roads he witnessed the ghostly coach pass straight in front of him.


THE GYPSY WOMAN

The Crossroads Bridge seems to be the main hangout of a ghostly gypsy woman who stands around smoking a long pipe. Local research points to the fact that she could well be a woman who was known for selling watercress which she found in the nearby stream.

Locals believe she haunts this particular location because it’s the spot where a tragic accident took her life – she somehow manged to set herself on fire and died from the injuries.

One theory suggests that her pipe managed to ignite the alcohol she was frequently drinking…

This area around Pinnock Bridge is apparently also an area where natural mists form on a regular basis.


THE MILLER

The ghost of the miller is said to be a black silhouette that haunts a ruined windmill near a house called The Pinnocks. The mill itself was actually destroyed by a fire in 1939, nine years after it closed down it’s operations for good.

Many locals believe that the ghost has something to do with the son of a past owner – Richard ‘Dicky’ Buss.

The black silhouette is reported to appear before the arrival of a thunderstorm.


THE WHITE LADY

The White Lady is reported to haunt St Nicholas’s Church as well as the Dering family house library in their manor of Surrenden Dering (this manor eventually burned down in 1952).

Surrenden Dering acted as the US Embassy between the two world wars, and it was during this time period that reports of the White Lady first surfaced.

An American born British marksman and sculptor named Walter Winans once held a lonesome vigil one Christmas Eve in the library with his hunting rifle.

He didn’t have to wait long before the White Lady materialised in front of him. In a panic he picked up his trusty rifle and shot her through the chest…the bullet simply passed straight through her and hit the wall behind.

The rifle shot caused the spirit to vanish through a panelled wall – thought to be the wall that used to protect a secret tunnel between the house and the church.


THE TUDOR LADY

A Pluckley house named Rose Court, which dates back over two hundred and fifty years, is thought to be the home of yet another ghostly lady.

Legend explains that this lady was awfully unhappy in life and decided to commit suicide by consuming poisonous berries.

The ghostly lady, possibly a mistress of a member of the Dering family, can be heard calling for her two dogs between 4 and 5pm on certain days (she apparently took her life between these hours).


THE DEVIL’S BUSH

This final entry to the article is really more of a legend, as opposed to being based on any real facts. Nobody really knows where this bush is supposed to be located in Pluckley.

Apparently, if you dance around this bush three times the Devil is said to appear.

There is no real way of tracing this legend due to the lack of information on the bush’s location – could be folklore…could be based on truth?

You decide…


The Pluckley Ghosts

If you know of any other paranormal incidents that have taken place in Pluckley we would love to hear from you. Please consider using the comment section below to share these reports with us!