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 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?
The Pluckley Ghosts
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