3 Haunted Parsonages in Kent
Stewart | On 10, Sep 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
The Old Parsonage, Goodnestone
In the late 1980s the actress Joanna Lumley and her conductor husband Stephen Barlow bought an old parsonage in the Kent village of Goodnestone.
The Grade II listed building dated back to the late 17th century.
Funnily enough it was the birth place of the famous ghost writer M.R. James who was born in the house in 1862.
Joanna’s paranormal activity at the parsonage started the very first day she moved into the house.
Whilst she was down in the cellar, a man who she thought was one of the removal guys came very close to her face and said ‘Leave this place’.
He then left the cellar and headed for the removal lorry.
Angered by his confrontation she decided to report him to his boss but when she got to the removal lorry she couldn’t see him anywhere!
She described the hostile man as being dressed in a flat cap and an old style leather jerkin.
Joanna later discovered that a secret tunnel lead from the house’s cellar to the local graveyard!
Lights turning themselves on and off by their own accord, sudden temperature drops, phantom footsteps and object disappearing or being moved from one room to another were just some of the paranormal activity reported to take place within the house.
On one occasion a fresh grave was dug by the tennis court by someone unknown but then totally disappeared during the night!
Three years pasted and Joanna and her husband decided to sell the house.
On the moving day she went down to the cellar and announced to the ghost that she was leaving the house…
At that moment she smelt the strong perfume of many roses!
The strange thing about the house today, is that the new owners have never reported any paranormal activity taking place with their home.
The Old Rectory, Malherbe
The Old Rectory is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the area.
The Grey Monk hauntings are said to date back to the 1600’s.
His ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in the upper rooms of the rectory.
The monk has been described as being a five foot tall hunch-backed who wears a grey cowl.
His ghostly form was last witnessed in the 1930’s.
The upstairs passageway and rooms off it were said to be his favourite haunts.
The rectory was also rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a kindly woman.
Her apparition is described as wearing a fine grey silk dress and carrying a bunch of flowers.
During the Second World War two teenage girls stayed the night at the rectory.
In the morning they were on their way down to get breakfast when they saw a bedroom door off the passageway was left opened.
They peeked into the room and were surprised to see a young girl in her nightdress sitting on the bed plaiting her hair.
When the girls sat down to breakfast they asked about the young girl in the bedroom.
They were told that they were the only girls in the rectory at the time as the vicar’s daughter was away!
The Old Rectory, Southfleet
Along the Hook Green Road in the Kent village of Southfleet you’ll find two private properties called Friary Court and the Old Friary.
Before the 1950s the properties were actually one whole rectory.
The Grade II listed building dated back to the 14th century and had a few ghostly tales to tell…
The old rectory sat on the site of an ancient friary.
During the medieval times it’s said that three nuns were caught in the act with some monks from the friary.
As a punishment all three women were bricked up in the building’s cellar and left to starve to death.
During the 19th century the ghost of one of the nuns was said to haunt the old rectory.
Her ghost was described as being a short plump woman who was dressed in a brown habit!
A ghostly monk was also said to haunt the old rectory.
It’s said that his body was found in a tomb under some rubble by the west door of the nearby church.
An inscription on the tomb’s lid said the monk was excommunicated!
Another ghost that was said to haunt the rectory was that of a nurse from the mid-19th century.
Apparently there was a scandal when she tried to fiddle the will of a sick patient to her favour.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen many times in the Monk’s Room and also in the corridor outside the room.
She’s been described as wearing a staff nurse’s uniform with white cuffs and is carry some papers that look like a will!
Some visitors to the rectory reported that she actually came into their room through a closed locked door and ask them if there was any sickness in the house before she then disappeared into thin air.
Janet Cameron (2012) Haunted Kent. The History Press