Not Of This World

Kent has some very interesting facts that are of an extra terrestrial nature.

Here's some of them...

MOST HAUNTED VILLAGE IN BRITAIN

Pluckley, England's Most Haunted Village.

Pluckley in Kent is historically a very haunted area, laying claim to at least 12 ghosts of various types, in various locations around the village. The Lord's of the Manor of Pluckley were the Dering family, whose influence over the village was touched upon in the previous page. Their manor house was haunted by 'The White Lady', who was resident there until the house was mysteriously destroyed by fire in 1952.

Obviously Pluckley is a colourful village, as 'The Red Lady' wanders through the churchyard sorrowfully seeking her unchristened baby. Other ghosts include an unlucky Cavalier who was caught and executed by Oliver Cromwell's soldiers during the Civil War, a smiling monk supposed to have been executed at Tyburn by King Henry VIII, who is sometimes accompanied by the ghostly figure of a lady from Rose Court. A visit to Park Wood could mean joining a patrol by the spirit of a colonel from the British Army, and Brick Walk is haunted by the man who fell into the clay pit while working at the brickwork's.

Travel along Dicky Buss' Lane and you may stumble across the ghost of a 'phantom schoolmaster', who committed suicide many years before, or the ghost of the miller at the site of the Old Mill, who shares this location with the ghost of a gypsy woman, who was burned to death in her bed. Nobody knows, but was it an accident, or was it murder? Or perhaps a visit to the aptly named Fright Corner, but travel carefully as you maybe robbed by the ghost of a terrifying highwayman, who was stabbed, and left pinned to a tree by a would be victim. Perhaps many years before he had robbed the phantom horse and carriage that travels along the road to the nearby village of Smarden, which also has its own rich history of ghosts.

BROOKLAND - ROMNEY MARSH

Location: A259(?), Brookland, Romney Marsh (Kent)

Date/Time: 1998 or 1999 (?). MAP

Roy Vidler was driving home to New Romney when, near to the village of Brooklands, a man stepped into the road ahead of him and beckoned for him to stop. Mr Vidler braked quickly, but the car's forward momentum carried him through the figure. Shocked and shaken, he got out to look for the man, who had a pointed black beard and Elizabethan-style clothing. However, after several minutes' searching, he realized that there was no such victim to be found.

OXNEY BOTTOM - DOVER

Location: A258 (Dover-Deal Road) Oxney Bottom, nr. Dover (Kent)

Date/Time: 1967/1973. MAP

A sharp S-bend is the location of a number of accidents in the past, and the scene of sightings of the 'Grey Lady'. who glides across the path of vehicles travelling along the A258. In 1967 a Kent Messenger reader wrote in to the newspaper to comment on the recent reappearance of the ghost [details of that sighting unfortunately not available here]. A woman, apparently, had at one time boarded a bus and ascended to the top deck. When the conductress went up to collect her fare, there was no-one upstairs. The bus had not stopped, leaving the driver and conductress completely bewildered.

in 1973, four young engineers went ghost-hunting for the Grey Lady. Two were fortunate to catch a glimpse of her: 'Her face was very serious. It was miserable really,' commented one. But her appearance and disappearance were too quick to notice any additional details.

Shepway area researcher Paul Harris told Andrew Green in 1999 that a recent coach party witnessed a 'grey lady' cross the road in front of them on their way to Walmer Castle.The driver slammed on the brakes, but the coach had passed through the figure before it stopped. No sign of the woman could be found.

CROP CIRCLES and UFO's
The crop circle phenomenon is by no means new, and Kent has had a small but steady amount for many years, although the 1999 and 2000 seasons brought the most reported formations and the most ingenuity and variety within the patterns.

The earliest record of a formation in Kent is from 1918, and there are several eyewitness accounts of circles forming in the County long before they were associated with UFO-fever or Hoaxing.

It should be noted that because of the nature of the Kent countryside with its (albeit fast-disappearing) hills and woodland, the formations have often been difficult to spot and it is likely that many have remained unreported. The sudden increase in interest locally in the last two years may explain the increase in complexity within the formations and also the recent trend towards high-visibility sites such as the two 2000 formations which could be clearly seen from the M20.

The archives are by no means complete, BUT THEY GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT HAS BEEN OUT THERE...

2001 =
25/06/01
Borstal nr Rochester 3-armed circular design using young wheat crop

02/07/01
Bluebell Hill, Chatham circle with 3 arms of circles coming away from it using young barley crop

22/07/01
Behind Lullingston Castle small circle with two hoops coming from it using wheat crop

2000 =
24 April 2000
Farningham nr Swanley triangle within circle using Oilseed rape crop

14 May 2000
Wrotham nr Meopham Celtic Knot using Barley crop

22 May 2000
Wouldham nr Rochester 3 triangles side by side using Wheat crop

24 June 2000
Eynsford complex set of circles using Wheat crop

29 July 2000
Istead Rise nr Gravesend Eight pointed Star using Wheat crop

29 July 2000
Dover 60' circle next to 60' triangle using Wheat crop
13 August 2000
Broad St nr Detling six circles in flower pattern using Wheat crop

1999 -
12 April 1999
Istead Rise, Gravesend interlinked circles using Oilseed rape crop

20 June 1999
Trottiscliffe (1) complex group of 43 circles using Wheat crop

20 June 1999
Trottiscliffe (2) interlinked curves resembling the "biohazard" sign using Wheat crop

27 July 1999
Borstal nr Rochester complex set of circles connected by semicircles and curves using Wheat crop

6 August 1999
Whitstable Small dumbell formation using Wheat crop

19 August 1999
Lenham nr Maidstone A dumbell formation with six smaller satellite circles using Wheat crop

Pre - 1998 =

20 June 1998
Paddlesworth, nr Folkestone Three circles approx 88' diameter each joined to four further circles forming a square shape using Wheat crop

July 1998
Snodland elaborate formation consiting of seven circles, three with interior rings, grouped in a hexagon with a central circle and joined by paths. Made using Wheat crop

20 June 1998
Cuxton nr Rochester Multiple circles forming a three-armed shape using Barley crop

17 August 1997
Cuxton nr Rochester 21 circles orientated in a ring with three fractal-like arms made from circles coming from it using Wheat crop

13 August 1997
Sevington nr Ashford Three 10' circles contained inside a triangle using Wheat crop

22 July 1996
Willesborough Lee no information made using Wheat

10 July 1995
Hamstreet A circle with a number of paths leading from it using Wheat crop

10 July 1995
Hamstreet A single circle with a straight path ending in a semicircle resembling an umberella handle using Wheat crop

9 July 1995
Hamstreet A single circle with a slight bulge on one side. Offset Centre using Wheat crop

August 1994
Mersham nr Ashford 60' formation comprising of 12' diameter inner circle surrounded by two larger rings. Clockwise lay using Wheat crop

17 June 1994
Borstal nr Rochester A large ring with a circle inside offset to the right. Occured between 1pm and 4pm. using Wheat crop

5 July 1993
Dartford Zig-zag shape with 2 boxes underneath. Near M25 junction with A2. Using Wheat crop

27 June 1993
Thurnham Large 75-90' circle using Wheat crop

1991 Wye Two circles using Barley crop

1978 Faversham Single circle using sprouts crop

1966 Dover Circle accompanied by lights using Grass
1963 Sandling Woods Single circle in Trees

1957 Meopham Single Circle, also light phenonema Crop is not known

1918 Bilsington Huge circle using Beans or Oats crop

CHILTON - RAMSGATE

Location: A253 Canterbury Road, nr. to junction with A256, Chilton, Ramsgate (Kent)

Date/Time: [not specified]. MAP

The A253 in the vicinity of the railway line at Chilton has a reputation for accidents caused by a monk-like figure that appears suddenly in the middle of the road. One motorist described its attire as resembling more a services-style duffle coat.

GREAT CHART - ASHFORD

Location: Great Chart, nr. Ashford (Kent)

Date/Time: November 1984. MAP

Gina McCartney, 23, had a ghostly experience one night whilst on her way home to Lakemead, Ashford from a dance class at Great Chart village hall.

She was alone on a dark stretch of road, and was just approaching the roundabout at Tesco when, looking in her rear-view mirror, she saw something sit up in the back seat. She recalled the face of a man, whom she estimated as 30 to 35. Turning cold, and "rigid with fright", she turned around, there was nothing there.

As she turned to face the road again, however, the engine cut out. Gina was travelling at 30 or 40 mph; she pulled in and tried to re-start the engine three times, without success.

Getting out of the car and walking around it, she noticed the front left tyre was flat. When she returned with the jack, it was properly inflated. Puzzled, she got back in the car, and it started first time. Moments after pulling away, she entered a fog bank that took five or 6 seconds to clear.

When she got home, her husband said: "What's the matter, have you seen a ghost?" When he checked the car, it was perfectly alright, and started first time for him. He speculated that whatever it was may have been protecting his wife from a hazard hidden at the time by the fog patch.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Location: Broomhill Road, Tunbridge Wells (Kent)

Date/Time: [not specified]. MAP

A Mr and Mrs Gearing of Tonbridge were driving down Broomhill Road when they noticed the misty figure of a man standing on the verge. Seeing him too late, the couple were unsure if they had hit him. They stopped the car and searched about for some minutes for the man, before acknowledging that he had disappeared.

BLUEBELL HILL

In the autumn of 1992 three separate motorists reported knocking down a figure that ran into the path of their vehicle late at night on Blue Bell Hill, Kent (UK). In the two most dramatic encounters, the figure of a young woman had stared calmly into the eyes of the driver as his vehicle struck her. Subsequent police investigations not only failed to find a victim, but no evidence that an accident had occurred, prompting their conclusion that these motorists had probably encountered the famed Ghost of Blue Bell Hill.

The sightings, which - unbelievably - were to continue in the forthcoming months, and to take an even more bizarre twist - sparked a wave of press interest, which quickly spread first to the national, and then the international stage. Today - eight years later - the case continues to attract the interest of various media parties.

To date, the Ghost of Blue Bell Hill has been the subject of or found mention in over 170 newspaper, magazine, CD-ROM, and book publications; it has been featured on a number of television programmes devoted to the paranormal, and has served as the inspiration for at least one novel, a music track, and an audio dramatization. And finally, of course, it now features on the World Wide Web.

In all, Blue Bell Hills ghost has come a long way from the seemingly apocryphal tale of local renown set in motion in the late 1960s, and its humble beginnings in print, to stand today - with over twenty named-witnessed sightings, as an important modern example of haunting, and arguably the foremost case of its kind in the world today.

ROMNEY MARSH PHANTOM

THE ROMNEY MARSH, situated in the South East corner of England, is a unique and mysterious location, steeped in tradition and legend. Reclaimed from the English Channel since the time of the Romans and due to it's close proximity to mainland Europe; the area has, over the centuries, been in the front line of the invasion hordes of Vikings, Saxons and Normans; as well as in more recent times facing the sinister invasion threats of both Napoleon and then Hitler. The range of Martello towers and defensive bastions along it's curved coastline reflect this unenviable legacy.

The area, now a peaceful haven, lies somewhat precariously below sea - level; the awesome force of the great tides only kept at bay by the giant wall which has withstood the onslaught of centuries of ferocious channel storms. The Marsh is famous for it's churches, so rich in charm, beauty, history & architecture. There are also many strange tales surrounding these ancient buildings & their sites.The moods of the marsh are many, and when the hot sun sits high above the great scarp of Lympne Hill, smiling it's rays upon the quilt of greenest England, beaming it's reflection upon the summer sea and the ribbons of reeded dykes, there are few places in the world of such serene beauty and tranquillity.

On another day, the sea mist that rises incredibly fast, shrouds the land in a blanket of enveloping mist so dense, you cannot see further than a foot in front of you. On these days, you can almost touch the eerie silence. Winter winds can be frighteningly severe, with savage storms and blizzards that blow massive sheets of snow horizontally across the land. When night falls, the blackness and the isolated cry of the Curlew beckon in a most ominous and spooky feeling, and it is easy to understand why so many tales abound of ghosts and ghouls and the supernatural.

It was against this background that the author Russell Thorndike created his famous Dr. Syn novels. Set in the latter part of the 18th Century when the old smuggling gangs were prevalent in the area, the books tell the story of Christopher Syn; a man of majestic romance, daring and cunning. By day, the pious and extraordinary vicar of the parish of Dymchurch - under - the wall and by night the infamous "Scarecrow"; leader of the notorious smuggling gang , "The Night Riders"; whilst concealing the deadly secret of his third persona of Captain Clegg, the most ruthless and blood - thirsty pirate terror of the high seas.

Benevolent hero and ruthless villain, this legendary character has flamed the imaginations of many generations & has certainly been the major inspiration for the recent work of the artist Terry Anthony. His "Marsh Phantom" series & his collection of "Romney Marsh Churches" capture graphically the contrasting moods of the area; from it's darkest and most malevolent to it's brightest and most sublime.

PHANTOM

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