3 Haunted Places in Lamberhurst
Stewart | On 27, Jul 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!
A local legend which dates back to the 1800s says that Ballard’s Lane is the haunt of a ghostly headless horseman.
Apparently, on dark nights his headless ghost can be seen galloping down a certain stretch of the road on a white steed!
Situated within the valley of the River Teise to the west of Lamberhurst you’ll find the ruins of Bayham Abbey.
The abbey was founded in 1207 and was run by the Premonstratensian Order until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in the 16th century.
The abbey is situated on the Kent and Sussex border.
It’s said that it has an entrance in each county!
The old ruins have a reputation for being haunted by up to twelve ghostly monks.
The ghostly monks are said to be from the Premonstratensian Order as witnesses have described them as wearing white habits.
It’s said that on still moonless nights eerie plainchants and the ringing of bells announce the arrival of a ghostly precession of monks.
They’re seen walking around the areas of the old church and the cloister.
Spooked visitors to the old abbey site have reported smelling the scent of incense and hearing a phantom choir singing somewhere amongst the ruins.
Next to the ruins you’ll find the Grade II* listed Bayham Abbey Dower House which is also said to be haunted.
This time it’s not by phantom monks but by a ghostly couple who’ve been seen gliding across a room and disappearing through a fireplace!
Furnace Mill Farm
Back in 1906 a story appeared in the Daily Mail newspaper about some poltergeist activity happening in the stable of Furnace Mill Farm, Lamberhurst.
The owners discovered that their horses had been turned around in the middle of the night and one horse had been moved to the nearby hay room.
Heavy lime barrels were pushed down some stairs and large solid water butts had been upturned.
Doors which had been bolted shut the night before were found wide open.
All these disturbances happen under the watchful eyes of the farm’s two guard dogs without provoking any reaction from the otherwise alert animals.
Some people suggest that the mysterious activity was not paranormal at all but in fact a prank played by the owner’s son.
So, I’ll let you make your mind up on whether the farm is haunted or not!
Janet Cameron (2012) Haunted Kent. The History Press