The village of Pluckley, according to the 1998 edition of Guinness book of records, is considered the most haunted village in England.
There were 12 documented reports of people who claimed to have seen ghosts, most of which occurred at the crossroads which is known as “fright corner”.
Today, we won’t attempt to investigate the authenticity of these reports and will talk about the village’s ghosts which the locals claimed to see. If you like creepy stories that give you the chills, read on.
Here are some of the ghosts allegedly seen in the most haunted village in England:
1. The screaming man
This is the most famous ghost in the village. The terrifying screams are said to belong to a man who used to work in a quarry and found a horrible death when a wall collapsed and crushed him.
2. The robber
The robber Robert du Bois used to hide in the trunk of a dried oak in order to scare his victims. However, one day, someone from the village knew the hiding and decided to take the law into his hands.
He rammed the sword into the trunk of the tree and thus into the thief’s body. Today, the tree no longer exists, but the ghost of Robert still haunts the crossroads, as the locals claim…
3. The old gypsy
It is the ghost of a gypsy who was burned alive when she fell asleep with her pipe.
4. The carriage with horses
The ghost vehicle was noticed by several people in various places around the village. They claimed that they saw it pulled by two or four horses, and it was last recorded in the mid-nineties.
5. The haunted church
The St. Nicolas church (see featured image) is the center of supernatural activity. Bursts and knocks are heard under the church, while lights are flashing inside.
It is assumed that all these are caused by the restless soul of Lady Dering, which was buried within seven coffins in a vain attempt to keep her body away from decomposition. Her ghost is also said to appear in the churchyard.
6. The lady in white
Another woman from the Dering family is claimed to appear in the church of St. Nicolas and to wander in the library of the house.
7. The haunted pub
The Black Horse pub was built in 1430 and since then, strange things started to happen. Things were moving or disappeared, and the landlady was locked out several times.
Also, there is a room upstairs, which scares away the dogs for no obvious reason, while a girl from the village claims she saw a beautiful lady in the red dress there.
8. The teacher
In 1800, a teacher was hung from a tree. In 1965, a writer said he saw his ghost hanging from a tree.
9. The monk
His ghost is said to haunt a house called Greystones. The reason why it haunts this house is unknown, although some say he died there.
10. The Lady of Rose Court
The ghost must have belonged to a mistress of the Dering family and is believed to haunt a house called Rose Court. The Lady of Rose Court committed suicide by eating poisonous berries.
These are some of the ghosts that were allegedly seen in the most haunted village in England. We don’t know whether the locals really saw them or not. If they did, this could also have been some kind of trick or optical illusion.
We will never know for sure. But for some reason, we like this kind of creepy stories, don’t we?
- Featured image: Pluckley, St Nicholas’ church under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
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