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62 Haunted Pubs of Kent (Updated 2017)

| On 17, Apr 2017

 

 

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The Walnut Tree Inn, Aldington

Where Forge Hill comes out onto the Roman Road in the Kent village of Aldington you’ll find the historic Walnut Tree Inn.

The ancient pub was originally built as a home during the reign of Richard II in the 14th century.

It later became a brew-house in the 17th century.

During the early 1800s the inn became notorious for being the stronghold of an infamous Kent smuggling gang known as the Aldington Gang.

The gang’s leaders were Cephas Quested and George Ransley.

Some say the ghost of George Ransley haunts the pub today but it’s most probably the spirit of another smuggler who had his throat slit in the pub during a poker game which got out of control.

It’s said that his body was unceremoniously dump down the pub’s well!

In 2004, the landlady reported that her children told her that a man in their bedroom had given them both ‘a piece’!

The spooked landlady also reported that the bar bell would mysteriously ring by itself and glasses would suddenly fall from their shelves for no apparent reason.

Witnesses have also reported seeing and hearing phantom Victorian children playing in the bar area of the pub.

 

The Star Inn, Ashford

You’ll find the Grade II listed Star Inn on East Hill in the Kent town of Ashford.

The 18th century pub is said to be haunted by a female ghost who the staff members have nicknamed Doris.

Doris has been blamed for creating the phantom footsteps which are sometimes heard walking around the pub.

On one occasion a local punter was drinking in the pub when suddenly his dog started to bark…

The dog seemed to be barking at an unseen presence within the bar!

One day the Star’s landlady was down in the pub’s cellar rectifying a mistake she had made with the beer barrels when she suddenly she felt a tap on her shoulder and a voice said to her…

“You’ve put the wrong barrel on!”

The spooked landlady spun around to only to discover that she was totally alone in the cellar.

 

The Lower Bell Inn, Aylesford

The Lower Bell Inn is an old pub which dates back to 1865 that you’ll find situated on the North Downs Pilgrims Ways just off the A229.

The building was originally a farm estate’s manager house with stables at the back.

The pub has a reputation for being haunted…

During the 1990s the then manager of the Lower Bell was interviewed by a paranormal TV program.

The poor man divulge that one morning when he was entering the cellar when something unseen suddenly pushed him down the stairs which resulted in him falling badly and breaking his shoulder blade!

He also remarked that the cellar often had cold spots.

And that the lights would switch themselves on and off on their own accord.

The gas in the cellar would also be turned off on its own accord but instead of being only hand tight he found that it had been turned off so tightly that it needed a couple of whacks with a hammer to loosen it!

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The Bull Inn, Barming

You’ll find the Bull Inn along the Tonbridge Road in Barming.

The present day Grade II listed building dates back to the 18th century.

The pub sits on a crossroads which are generally notorious for spooky stuff such as once being places for executions and the burial of witches!

I don’t know whether such activities happened in the past at the crossroads near the Bull Inn but instances of paranormal activity have been reported to take place at the pub in bygone years…

Phantom footsteps and eerie whispering have been heard by witnesses at the pub as well as seeing beer glasses moving on their own accord.

On some occasions, beer glasses were actaully seen to be mysteriously flung across the bar room!

Now, if you fancy visiting Barming be careful of its wooded areas…

Local legend says that a phantom horseman likes to rush at cars in those areas!

 

The White Horse, Bearsted

The White Horse pub situated on the Green in the village has a legend associated with it.

It’s said that the ghost of a Victorian jester called Stiches the Clown haunts the pub!

Apparently he died laughing after being shown the secret to the perfect comical fall by an ancient clown guru.

And now his ghost returns to the pub in hope of passing on his secret to the next generation of clowns.

 

The Oak, Bearsted

The pub dates back to 1665 and it’s said that its kitchen was once a holding goal for the local courtroom.

The Oak is rumoured to be haunted but not by the spirits of former prisoners waiting their fate at the local courtroom but by the ghost of a little girl.

She’s been blamed for constantly opening the window in one of the pub’s lesser used rooms!

 

The Haunted Halfway House, Brenchley

Just outside the village along the Horsmonden Road you’ll come across the 17th century Halfway House pub.

Former landlords and regulars alike have for years said that the pub is haunted…

The pub is a former coaching inn and was also once used as a morgue!

Table and chairs being mysteriously moved, tankards moving on their own accord across the bar and a phantom bar bell being rung are just some of the paranormal events reported to have taken place within the pub by its spooked members of staff.

A former chef at the pub was scared witless one day when he heard the sound of what he thought were coffins being dragged about the first floor!

Local legend says that the pub is haunted by the ghost of an old lady.

 

The Toastmaster’s Inn, Burnham

Along Church Street in the Kent village of Burnham you’ll find the Toastmaster’s Inn.

The inn dates back to 1812 when it was originally known as the Royal Exchange.

The pub has a reputation for being haunted…

Glasses have been known to move on their own accord and a ghostly figure has been seen in the bar area.

At one time there was a cottage next to the pub which was owned by one of the Toastmaster’s regulars called Mabel.

Mabel was a common sight at the pub, so much so that they named her favourite spot ‘Mabel’s Corner’.

When Mabel sadly died, the landlords of the pub bought her cottage next door and extended the pub into it making a new snug bar and a second kitchen.

It seems that Mabel love the pub so much that she never left it!

You see, during an event at the pub on New Year’s Eve 2001 an innocent photo was taken of revellers enjoying themselves…

But, if you look closely at the photo you’ll see that a picture which should be of an old pub now has the beaming face of Mabel in it!

 

The Cherry Tree, Canterbury

You’ll find the Cherry Tree pub along Whitehorse Lane in Canterbury.

In the 1920s a terrible fire burnt down the White Horse Hotel and the Fleur de Lys Hotel in the lane.

Twelve people died in the fire and it’s said that some of their spirits haunt the Cherry Tree pub today.

A young chambermaid died in the fire when the roof collapsed killing her instantly.

Her ghostly apparition has been seen looking forlorn standing outside the Cherry Tree pub.

In 2005 three local students witnessed the ghostly little girl walking by the entrance of the then County Hotel car park heading along Whitehorse Lane towards the Salvation Army Hall.

Apparently she had her head bowed with her hands by her sides and she had a silvery glow to her!

 

The White Hart, Canterbury

In Canterbury’s Worthgate Place you’ll find a historic inn called the White Hart.

The pub was built on the site of the ruined St Mary’s church.

Next to the pub is a small park which was once the church’s graveyard.

And the pub’s cellar was once the mortuary to the church and still has a body chute!

During the English Civil War it’s said that many bodies were dumped in the cellar.

And a boy working in the cellar was killed after being buried alive with bodies that were thrown down the chute!

It’s now said that the ghost of that poor young boy haunts the cellar of the pub to this very day.

 

The Bowl Inn, Charing

Just off the Stalisfield Road to the north of the Kent village of Charing you’ll find the historic Bowl Inn.

The pub dates back to 1512 when it started life out as a farmhouse.

A former landlady of the Bowl Inn reported that the building had an eerie story attached to it.

She said that the sound of phantom children crying had been heard coming from the pub’s old inglenook fireplace.

Local legend says that when the plague swept through Charing many of its victim’s bodies where flung into the fire!

It’s been reported that the room above the old fireplace have a strange atmosphere to it and may actually be haunted by a ghost.

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The White Horse Inn, Chilham

You’ll find the 15th century White Horse Inn situated in the picturesque square of the Kent village of Chilham.

The inn was actually once the local vicarage and is said to be haunted by a former vicar who was ejected from his job in 1662 for his anti-church and pro Cromwell views.

A ghostly apparition of a grey-haired old man dressed in a black gown and gaiters has been witnessed with his hands behind his back staring into the roaring fire of the pub’s inglenook fireplace.

His apparition is typically seen at about ten o’clock in the morning.

Pint glasses have been reported to suddenly fall off their shelves only to land unbroken and upright on the pub’s floor!

During alterations to the White Horse in 1956 two well persevered male skeletons were found buried two feet under the pub’s kitchen floor.

Many people believe they were soldiers who died at the Battle of Chilham during the Wat Tyler rebellion.

It’s said that the ghosts of the two soldiers also haunt the pub!

 

The Eight Bells, Dover

Along Dover’s Cannon Street, just opposite St Mary’s parish church, you’ll find the Eight Bells pub.

The pub resides in part of the former historic Metropole Hotel.

The Metropole was a luxury hotel which opened in 1896 when Dover was one of the wealthiest towns in the UK.

When the converted flats above the Eight Bells pub were empty, passers-by reported hearing the sounds of a woman singing coming from them.

It’s believed that the phantom singing was coming from the ghost of a young lady called Adele.

Adele was a beautiful blonde who was always happy and loved to sing.

She would meet up with her lover at the Metropole Hotel on a regular basis.

When the First World War came along her lover joined the Royal Flying Corps, stopped seeing Adele and married his fiancée.

Adele volunteered as a nurse and left to care for the wounded soldiers on the front line.

She was later killed whilst at the front in Belgium but it’s said that her ghost returned to her much loved Metropole Hotel.

In fact, her former best friend who was a housekeeper at the Metropole once saw her ghost in a room at the hotel.

She rushed towards her and gave her a hug at which time Adele disappeared into thin air!

 

The White Horse Inn, Dover

At the bottom of Dover’s Castle Hill Road next to the ruins of St James Church you’ll find the historic White Horse Inn.

The Grade II listed pub is said to be the oldest in the town with the original building dating back to 1365!

It was first built as a dwelling for the Churchwarden of St James Church.

But later became the home of Dover’s “ale taster”.

And then in the mid-17th century it became a pub called the City of Edinburgh which was named after an American ship that sank in the Dover Straits.

That pub changed it’s named to the White Horse in 1818.

In the 19th century the White Horse was said to have the coldest cellar in Dover.

And for this reason dead bodies were kept in the cellar during the summer months.

The White Horse is said to have its own resident ghost called George.

Many believe that George is the spirit of a mariner who sadly drowned at sea.

His body is said to have been kept in the cellar of the White Horse until its burial.

George’s ghostly apparition has been witnessed many times by both members of staff and guests alike.

Local legend says that he’d even served customers on a few occasions!

 

The Ship Inn, Dymchurch

Along the High Street of the Kent village of Dymchurch you’ll find the historic Ship Inn.

The Ship Inn dates back the 1530 and was a favourite watering hole amongst the local fishermen and smugglers.

The pub has a reputation for being haunted by the ghost of a young girl who once lived there.

Local legend says that she was jilted at the altar by her husband to be.

And she then returned to her home at the Ship Inn where she sadly committed suicide in despair.

Her ghost is now said to wander up and down the Ship Inn’s corridors.

 

The Walnut Tree, East Farleigh

You’ll find the Walnut Tree pub along Forge Lane in the Kent village of East Farleigh.

It’s a traditional country pub which has been serving ale since 1796.

The building is made up of three cottages which actually date back to 1528!

The Walnut Tree has a reputation for being haunted by the ghosts of hop-pickers who tragically died of cholera in the village back in 1849.

Pint glasses have been seen to move and even fall onto the pub’s floor on their own accord.

Decorative jugs hanging from the pubs beams have been seen to suddenly swing wildly.

Bar stools have been moved on their own accord and pans are mysteriously stacked in the kitchen!

On one occasion, the pub’s customers were stunned to see a ghostly face appear in the blackboard.

Witnesses have also reported to hear phantom footsteps walking around the upstairs of the pub.

And ghostly figures have even been seen to walk through the pub’s walls!

 

The King’s Head, Five Oak Green

The King’s Head is said to be haunted by an old woman in a black dress who wears a large cameo-style brooch.

Cameo brooches were extremely popular with women in the Victorian era.

Both members of staff and guests alike have seen a dark shadowy figure glide across the saloon bar.

The female residents of the pub would often report jewellery and makeup mysteriously go missing.

The ghostly woman would also be blamed for locking doors, banging noises and causing floorboards to creak in the middle of the night!

She seems to be active from the cellar to the first floor of the pub but is described as being a friendly ghost.

 

The Star and Eagle, Goudhurst

Along the High Street you’ll come across a 14th century pub which has a notorious history.

You see in the 18th century the infamous Hawkhead Gang used the Star and Eagle pub as their headquarters.

The smuggling gang used to enter and exit the pub via a secret tunnel.

In 1747 the gang’s illegal activity came to a halt when the local militia killed a couple of them during the Battle of Goudhurst.

Local legend says that the spirits of injured smugglers can still be heard on quiet nights using the now bricked up secret tunnel as an escape route!

 

The Kings Head, Grafty Green

Grafty Green is a small hamlet to the south east of the Kent county town of Maidstone.

If you head along Headcorn Road in the hamlet you’ll come across a historic 16th century coaching inn called the Kings Head.

The Kings Head has a couple of ghostly tales to tell…

The pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a smuggler called Dover Bill.

It’s said that Dover Bill and his gang used the pub to socialise and do a bit of business.

That’s until one day when the revenue men came a knocking.

They arrested members of Bill’s gang but Bill got away scot free.

Some say that he informed on his fellow smugglers to save himself.

But whatever happened, the outcome for his partners in crime was bad.

They were hung for their smuggling crimes in front of a large crowd on Penenden Heath.

It’s said that Dover Bill was actually in the crowd and watched his fellow smugglers being hanged.

After the hanging it’s said he was ostracised by the local community and eventually died in poverty.

It’s now said that his ghost haunts the Kings Head.

Witnesses have reported seeing his ghostly apparition lurking outside the pub!

Another apparition seen outside the pub is that of a phantom coach and horses…

Legend says that a speeding coach and horses overturned near to the pub in a horrific accident.

All the passengers and the driver were instantly killed.

Their bodies were said to have been taken to the nearby Kings Head.

The driver was said to have been beheaded in the accident!

And it’s now said that on misty nights a phantom coach and horses being driven by a headless coachman can be seen travelling dangerously fast along the road outside the pub.

 

The Ferry House Inn, Harty

You’ll find the isolated Ferry House Inn overlooking the Swale Estuary just to the south of the small hamlet of Harty on the Isle of Sheppey.

The Grade II listed Ferry House Inn dates back to the 16th century when it was first used as a home for the warden of the ferry.

The Ferry House Inn has a reputation for being haunted…

In 1854 a local man called Coleman tragically drowned in the Swale Estuary when his boat capsized.

Paranormal investigators held a vigil at the Inn in 2004.

They recorded eerie banging noises coming from the pub’s cellar as well as capturing a photo of a ghostly man sitting at a table.

They believed that spirit man they’ve photographed was the ghost of the drowned Coleman.

Spooked members of staff have reported that they’ve felt an unseen presence watching them whilst they did their work.

In 2013 the pub held a psychic evening which revealed that the inn had spirits of people who tragically died in a fire which took place at the inn a couple of centuries ago.

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The Queen’s Inn, Hawkhurst

Spooked visitors to the 16th century Queen’s Inn along Rye Road have reported seeing a pair of ghostly legs hanging down from the inn’s old inglenook fireplace.

Apparently, the spooky legs belong to the ghost of a former smuggler who hid up the chimney to hide from the local custom men only to die from suffocation.

 

The Royal Oak Hotel, Hawkhurst

It’s said that one of the rooms at the Royal Oak Hotel is haunted by a man who died in it.

The ghostly man is said to drift across the room and disappear through the wall.

Members of staff at the Royal Oak have nicknamed him George!

 

The Chequers on the Green, High Halden

Opposite the green in the Kent village of High Halden you’ll find the Chequers on the Green pub.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century although parts of the building are much older dating to the 15th century.

The pub was formerly known as the Chequers Inn and was said to be frequented by smugglers in the 18th century.

Local legend says that some of the old oak beams and oak flooring in the upstairs part of the pub are actually from old galleons.

The pub is said to be haunted by quite a few ghosts…

A paranormal group investigating the pub reported it was haunted by the ghosts of a drayman, a cook, two women and some children!

 

The Shipwrights Arms, Hollowshore

You’ll find the white timber-framed Shipwrights Arms at Hollowshore, Faversham.

The pub is located on a creek which runs into the River Swale.

The present day Shipwrights Arms dates back to the 17th century but there’s evidence that an earlier building was on the site since the 13th century!

Over the centuries the pub was a favourite with the local fishermen, sailors, smugglers and pirates.

The pub and the adjacent boatyard is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Spanish sailor who leaves a rather rancid smell in the air when his spirit is present.

Legend says that one stormy night in the 1700s a Spanish gallon sunk in the River Swale and the only survivor was the ship’s captain.

He made it onshore and staggered to the Shipwrights Arms for help.

The landlord at the time thought he was another drunken sailor trying to get a drink after hours so just ignored the Spaniard’s pleas for help.

The Spaniard’s dead body was found the next morning outside the pub!

Witnesses who’ve seen the ghostly Spaniard describe him as wearing black and having a haunted look about him.

His ghost has been blamed not only for the bad rancid smell but for causing sudden temperature drops and moving items around the pub.

The ghost of the Spanish captain isn’t the only apparition to have been seen at the pub.

One of the pub’s regulars had a nice chat in the ladies’ cloakroom with a woman wearing a twin-set and pearls called Helen.

The strange thing is, Helen never exited the ladies’ cloakroom and upon further investigation nobody else was found in there!

 

The Chequers Inn, Lamberhurst

The Chequers Inn is situated a stone’s throw away from the River Teise in the village.

The pub was originally a manor house in 1137 but was converted to an inn in 1414!

The Chequers is said to be haunted by a ghostly woman in red who can only be seen by female members of staff.

She’s been caught peering out of windows by staff members before disappearing into thin air.

She’s believed to be the cause of phantom footsteps which ascended the stairs.

And is also blamed for furniture being mysteriously moved about!

A former barmaid reported that she saw a ghostly apparition of a woman with long dark hair wearing a black top who peer around the dividing doors of the bar after closing time one night.

Room 4 at the inn is believed to be haunted by another ghost…

Guests often complain about the sudden temperature drops in the room as well as the strange tapping noises.

One guest reported that an invisible entity tried to climb into his bed with him in the middle of the night!

 

The Vineyard, Lamberhurst

The pub dates back to the 17th century but back in 2009 the landlord reported to the local press that his pub was plagued by poltergeist activity.

Doors slamming on their own accord, glasses being mysteriously smashed, eerie noises and strange anomalies caught on the building’s CCTV system were just some of the paranormal events he reported to have happened at the pub.

Many believe the pub is haunted by a former landlord from the 1800s called George who it seems is still looking after his inn today!

There’s a private house on the High Street which was once a former inn…

When the building was run as an inn it had a reputation for being haunted by the ghosts of a woman and child from the 18th century.

Their ghostly apparitions were actually seen one day by scared staff members in the kitchen.

Many visitors to the pub have also heard the sound of a phantom child laughing and playing near to the old fireplace.

On one occasion a visitor staying overnight at the pub was rudely awoken in the middle of the night by having their bed tipped up by something invisible!

 

The Red Lion, Lenham

In the Square in the centre of the Kent village of Lenham you’ll find the Red Lion pub.

The Red Lion dates back to the 14th century.

In the days before the railway came to the village it was a busy coaching inn.

And like a lot of old coaching inns up and down the country it has a ghostly tale attached to it.

It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of an old man who once stayed there on his pilgrimage to Canterbury!

 

The Bull Inn, Linton

You’ll find the historic Bull Inn on Linton Hill in the village.

The pub is very old, in fact it dates back to 1674.

At one time the building was split up into three separate businesses…

A post office, a barbers and a pub!

Today, the areas which were once the post office and barbers have now been incorporated into the pub and are now its restaurant.

As with a lot of Britain’s historic pubs the Bull Inn is rumoured to be haunted.

It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who’s wearing a black dress with her hair tied up in a bun.

Spooked customers have reported to have heard their names called out by something unseen.

And the apparition of a pet cat has also been seen wandering around the place!

 

The George Hotel, Lydd

Along the High Street in the Kent town of Lydd you’ll find the 17th century George Hotel.

The hotel was first built in 1620.

In its long history the George has been used by smugglering gangs, as a holding place for those on trial, as a coaching inn and as a pub and hotel.

The hotel has a reputation for being haunted…

Witnesses have reported strange creaking noises, eerie whispering, slamming doors, loud bangs and phantom footsteps.

The hotel’s taps have also been known to turn themselves on and off by their own accord.

The George is also said to have a residential ghost cat in one of the bedrooms which likes to jump on sleeping guests!

 

The Pilot Inn, Lydd-on-Sea

You’ll find the Pilot Inn along Battery Road in the Kent village of Lydd-on-Sea.

The present day pub is rather new but the original Pilot Inn dated back to the 17th century.

You see, a Spanish schooner called the Alfresia was lured aground in 1633 by local wreckers.

The crew were murdered and the ship’s cargo stolen by smugglers.

The timbers of the ship were used to build the original Pilot Inn which lasted up until the 1950s.

By then the deterioration of the wooden structure was so bad that it had to be knocked down.

Some of the salvage timbers of the old Pilot Inn were saved and have been used in the bar area of the new pub.

The new pub has a reputation for being haunted but not by the ghosts of murdered Spanish sailors but by a Grey Lady.

Her ghostly apparition has been seen by witnesses near the pub’s toilets.

One time, a guest with a shocked look on his face came out of the toilets saying that he’s seen a ghost of a woman wearing a grey dress looking back at him in the mirror!

 

The Bower Inn, Maidstone

On the corner of Warwick Place and Tonbridge Road in Maidstone you’ll find the Bower Inn.

The building dates back to 1801 and sits on an ancient piece of land which was once known as the Bower.

Hence the pub’s name!

The Bower Inn is said to have a residential ghost called Sidney…

His ghostly apparition has been seen standing in the corner of the pub.

It’s said that members of staff don’t like going to the pub’s cellar alone because of its atmosphere.

Sometimes the beer taps have been known to mysteriously turn themselves off!

 

The Dog and Gun, Maidstone

The Dog and Gun pub is located in the north of the town along the Boxley Road.

The friendly community pub has a reputation in the local area for being haunted…

The stairs which go up to the attic room are said to be the haunt of a ghostly old lady.

On different occasions both a former landlady and her son reported that they felt they’d been pushed down the stairs by something unseen.

Maybe the ghostly old lady took a dislike to them!

Nobody really knows who the spooky old lady is but some believe she might be the ghost of a former resident.

 

The Fisherman’s Arms, Maidstone

Along Lower Stone Street you’ll find an old pub called the Fisherman’s Arms.

The building dates back to the 1430s and is said to be one of the oldest in the town.

With such an old building you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that it’s rumoured to have a residential ghost…

The ghost which is said to haunt the Fisherman’s Arms is called Black Jack.

Black Jack is believed to be the spirit of a parliamentarian soldier from the English Civil War era.

Legend says he was shot during a skirmish and stumbled into the building where he died.

A former landlady of the pub once saw a ghostly black apparition of a man in the pub.

And this is when Black Jack got his nickname!

 

The Queen Anne, Maidstone

Along Queen Anne Road in the town you’ll find the Queen Anne pub.

The pub is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman.

Local legend says that many years ago a woman was run over by a cart on the road outside the Queen Anne pub.

She tragically died from the injuries she received in the accident!

Her ghost has been blamed for making glasses mysteriously fall of shelves.

Over the years spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a woman walk through the front doors of the pub and vanish into thin air!

 

The White Rabbit, Maidstone

Along Sandling Road you’ll come across the White Rabbit pub and restaurant.

The building dates back to 1797 when it was first built as the officers’ quarters for the Invicta Barracks.

The White Rabbit is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl…

Witnesses have described her as wearing a Victorian style white frock.

Her ghostly apparition has been seen in Room 8 and walking along the pub’s corridors.

Some witnesses reported hearing her calling out for her pet cat!

The door of Room 8 has been seen to open and close on its own accord.

And the pub’s menu chalkboards have been mysteriously moved around.

On some occasions the pub’s lights have been known to switch themselves on and off!

 

The Farriers Arms, Mersham

You’ll find the historic Farriers Arms pub situated along Church Road in the Kent village of Mersham.

The Grade II listed pub dates back to 1606.

It was originally used as a farm which later had a blacksmiths added to it.

The building became a pub in the early part of the 19th century.

It’s said that during those early years the upstairs of the pub was actually used as a brothel.

And the ghosts of some of the women who worked there actually haunt it today.

The Farriers Arms is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who tragically died in a road traffic accident in the 1970s.

 

The King’s Arms, Minster

You’ll find the King’s Arms pub is located along Minster’s High Street.

The King’s Arms pub is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a nun.

Maybe it’s the same ghostly nun which is said to haunt the nearby Minster Abbey Gatehouse?

Her spirit is believed to be responsible for the light phantom footsteps which are sometimes heard by spooked witnesses coming down the pub’s stairs.

 

The Rose and Crown, Mundy Bois

You’ll find the Rose and Crown pub along the Mundy Bois Road in the hamlet of Mundy Bois.

The pub dates back to the 17th century.

It has gain reputation for being haunted…

A former landlord reported hearing eerie voices whilst he was alone down in the cellar one day.

Items would mysteriously disappear then reappear somewhere else in the pub at a later date.

Jugs and tankards in the pub and pots and pans in the kitchen would often swing on their hooks and rattle on their own accord!

 

The Warren Inn, New Romney

You’ll find the Victorian Warren Inn along the Dymchurch Road to the north-east of the Kent town of New Romney.

The Warren Inn started trading back in 1860.

The pub is said to be haunted by a ghost who the members of staff call Old Sid.

It’s believed that Old Sid once run the pub in the 1950s but when times became financially hard he sadly committed suicide in an upstairs room of the Warren Inn.

Old Sid’s ghost has been blamed for most of the paranormal activity which takes place in the pub.

Witnesses have reported severe temperature drops, objects being moved or going missing, exploding lightbulbs, phantom footsteps and object being thrown by someone unseen.

It seems that Old Sid isn’t the only ghost at the Warren Inn…

One day a barmaid was scared witless after seeing an apparition of a huge black dog standing in the pub!

 

The New Inn, New Romney

You’ll find the historic New Inn situated along New Romney’s High Street.

The Georgian New Inn is actually quiet old as the structure dates back to 1381.

Local legend says that in the 1700s a young woman tragically committed suicide at the New Inn by hanging herself.

And now her ghost haunts the passageways, rooms and bar areas of the pub.

A former landlord reported that he once saw her ghostly figure walking across the pub’s bar area.

And in 1996 another witnessed reported seeing a dark figure walk towards him from the bar whilst he was in the kitchen!

 

Ye Olde Leather Bottle, Northfleet

At the beginning of Dover Road in Northfleet you’ll find Ye Olde Leather Bottle pub.

The pub dates back to 1706 and over the centuries has earned a reputation for being haunted…

Members of staff have reported sudden temperature drops, cold drafts and object being thrown to the floor by unseen hands.

The upper floor of the pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former serving maid.

Whilst the bar area is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who’s said to have killed himself a couple of centuries ago by leaping into a deep pit.

Spooked witnesses who’ve seen the ghostly man describe him as being tall, dressed in black and having long hair!

His ghostly apparition is seen more often than the ghost of the serving maid.

 

The Black Horse Inn, Pluckley

You’ll find the historic Black Horse Inn situated along the Street in the haunted Kent village of Pluckley.

The building dates back to the 1470s when it was first used as a dry moated farmhouse for the Dering family.

The pub like the village has a reputation for being very haunted.

Items of clothing have been reported to mysteriously disappear then reappear at a later date.

And pint glasses would move about on their own accord.

Many people believe that the mischievous spirit responsible for these ghostly pranks is a ghost of a little girl called Jessie.

 

The Dering Arms, Pluckley

Close to the railway station in the infamous haunted Kent village of Pluckley you’ll find the Dering Arms.

The historic building dates back to the 1840s when it was first used as a hunting lodge for the Dering Estate.

Today the Dering Arms is run as a restaurant and a B&B.

The restaurant has a reputation for being haunted by an old lady who sits at a table by one of the windows.

Witnesses have described her as wearing a period style dress with a bonnet and looking very lifelike…

In fact, she looks so lifelike that they only realise that she’s actually a ghost when they see her vanish into thin air right in front of them!

 

Ringlestone Inn, Ringlestone

You’ll find the hamlet of Ringlestone between the Kent villages of Wormshill and Harrietsham.

Along the Ringlestone Road in the hamlet is an old Grade II listed pub called the Ringlestone Inn.

In the 1960’s the inn was famous for its mother and daughter landladies who would regularly fire a shotgun in the ceiling to send rowdy customers packing!

The Ringlestone Inn dates back to 1533 and has a reputation for being haunted…

Guests and members of staff alike have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of an elderly couple having a drink next to the pub’s inglenook fireplace.

The ghostly couple are described as happy, likable and extremely lifelike!

Witnesses at the pub have reported hearing phantom footsteps climbing the cellar steps.

Apparently the phantom footsteps stop at the top of the cellar stairs were one boot is heard to be taken off and thrown to the floor.

One day, a former owner of the pub reported seeing an apparition of a young boy walk straight through one of the pub’s walls.

It was later discovered that a door had once existed at that point in the pub’s wall.

Apparently, a young boy who had once lived at the pub but sadly died in the upstairs part of the inn.

The ghost of this young boy has been blamed for moving keys and toys around.

There’s also a legend associated with the pub about another small boy, believed to be a former landlord’s son, who was caught poaching in the farmland around the pub.

To protect their son from a harsh punishment, the family hid him in a small cavity in an old fireplace in the pub’s cellar and then bricked the area up leaving only a small hole in a wall to feed him food through.

One day the boy stopped taking food in and the family believed that he had died.

The father eventually bricked the hole in the wall up and the family left the pub for good!

It’s now believed that one of the ghostly children who are said to haunt the building is the ghost of this poor unfortunate boy.

Some people say that the Black Post Crossroads near to the Ringlestone Inn is haunted by the ghost of a local highwayman called Elias Shephered who was hung for his crimes on Penenden Heath in 1765.

 

The Coopers Arms, Rochester

Along St Margaret’s Street in Rochester you’ll come across one of the oldest pubs in Kent.

It’s called the Coopers Arms.

The building dates back to 1199 when it was first built as a house for the monks of St Andrews Priory.

The building became an inn called the Coopers’ Tavern in 1543.

The pub is said to be haunted by a ghostly monk who appears every November by walking through the wall of the bar.

He’s described as wearing a grey robe.

Legend says that he committed an unforgivable sin against the ancient order of the Brethren of Coopers.

For this he was walled up and left to die!

Sometimes his ghostly apparition is also seen in the cellar of the Coopers Arms.

His ghost has been blamed for smashing customer’s pints on the floor by sliding them along the bar counter until they fall off the end.

Members of staff and punters alike have also reported seeing another ghostly figure in the pub.

It’s of an old man with staring eyes!

 

The Queen Charlotte, Rochester

Along Rochester’s High Street you’ll find a modern looking pub called the Queen Charlotte.

The pub has a reputation for being haunted by not one but two ghosts…

During the Second World War the landlord of the pub was arrested for being a German spy.

Apparently he would send information to the Germans via a transmitter he had hidden in the pub’s attic.

It’s said that the strange shuffling noises which are heard coming from the pub’s attic are made by his ghost still trying to send messages to the Germans!

The bar area and the cellar of the Queen Charlotte are said to be haunted by the ghost of an old lady with grey hair.

Members of staff have reported suddenly smelling the scent of lavender whilst working in the pub.

They believe that the scent shows that the old lady’s spirit is nearby.

Her ghost has also been blamed for glasses being mysteriously smashed!

 

The Nags Head, Rochester

The four hundred year old Nags Head pub is located along Rochester’s High Street.

Many moons ago the site was a stables and police cells…

It’s said that a prostitute named Aggie hanged herself in one of the police cells.

And that she now haunts the Nags Head!

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the pub’s stairs and in the old cellar.

A former landlady reported that she often heard the eerie sound of the voice of a young woman crying out in the middle of the night.

Another landlord reported that he’d seen Aggie’s ghost and had also heard weird clicking and banging noises in the dead of night!

 

The Ship Inn, Rochester

You’ll find the Ship Inn along Rochester’s High Street.

The building is old, it dates back to 1832!

The Ship Inn is said to be one of the oldest gay pubs in the country.

It also has a reputation for having a copy of ghosts…

The first is believed to be the spirit of a former barman who tragically committed suicide forty years ago after breaking up with his boyfriend.

He hung himself in the small panelled room at the back of the pub.

Members of staff often report on feeling that there’s a presence in the room.

They’ve also notice objects in the room to mysteriously go missing then reappear some time later!

Phantom footsteps have also been heard by spooked members of staff walking around a disused upstairs room of the pub.

About a century ago, a woman who’s thought to have been a prostitute died in that room.

It’s believed that it’s her ghost which is responsible for the phantom footsteps.

 

The Rising Sun, Rochester

On the corner of Delce Road and King Street in Rochester you’ll find a pub called the Rising Sun.

The pub dates back to 1858 and has a reputation for being haunted.

Former members of staff have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman.

Her ghost has been described as wearing a long flowing dress and glides along the upstairs corridors.

Apparently, witnesses reported that she glares at them!

The Rising Sun is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a Victorian man who sadly committed suicide by cutting his own throat in the pub’s outside lavatory.

 

The Beacon, Royal Tunbridge Wells

You’ll find the Beacon country pub situated along Tea Garden Lane which is just off the Langton Road on the west side of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The late 19th century building has a reputation for being haunted…

During the 1980s and 1990s terrified witnesses reported seeing bottles and glasses flying across the bar area on their own accord.

Phantoms footsteps and the sighting of a male shadowy figure on the stairs were also seen by a member of staff.

He described the apparition as wearing an outfit which looked like a policeman or a prison officer’s uniform!

Over his employment at the Beacon the same witness also saw the ghostly apparition of a woman in a white cloak.

Apparently, she would walk from a small door towards the fireplace where she would disappear into thin air.

 

The Compasses, Royal Tunbridge Wells

You’ll find the Compasses pub along Little Mount Sion in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The 17th century pub is said to be one of the oldest in the town as well as one of the most haunted!

Local legend says that the ghosts a murdered young girl and her killer haunt the pub.

Members of staff and guests alike have reported seeing shadowy figures walking around the building.

On one occasion, a spooked staff member saw the ghostly apparition of a dark-haired woman in an old fashioned white smock walk past one of the pub’s doors.

The Compasses is also said to be home to a menacing male spirit!

 

Grove Tavern, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Where Berkeley Road and Little Mount Sion meet in Royal Tunbridge Wells you’ll find the Grove Tavern pub.

This great little pub is said to be one of the oldest in the town.

It’s also has a reputation for being haunted!

Although no sightings have been reported recently, local legend says that the pub was haunted by a male spirit called Joshua.

His ghostly apparition was often seen by spooked witnesses walking along the old passageway next to the pub.

It’s said that the passageway at one time lead to a house of ill-repute!

 

The Opera House, Royal Tunbridge Wells

You’ll find Royal Tunbridge Wells’ Grade II listed Opera House along Mount Pleasant Road in the town.

It’s a great looking building which was design by the architect John Briggs in 1902 in an Edwardian Baroque style.

Over the decades the Opera House has been used for different types of entertainment.

It was originally an 1100 seater used for concerts but in 1931 it was bought by Union Cinemas and turned into a cinema.

In the 1960s it changed use again and was transferred into a bingo hall.

And in the mid 1990s it was bought by J D Wetherspoon who now used it as a pub.

The Opera House has a reputation for being haunted…

But you may be surprised to discover that it’s not haunted by the ghosts of past opera goers but in fact by the ghosts of the men who built it.

You see, three builders tragically died in the construction of the Opera House when they fell from scaffolding whilst they worked on the ceiling.

And it’s now said that the ghosts of two of these poor men haunt the theatre boxes within the building!

 

The Blue Anchor, Ruckinge

You’ll find the Blue Anchor pub along the B2067 in the centre of the Kent village of Ruckinge.

The pub dates back to the 1730s.

The Blue Anchor’s landlord believes that the pub’s cellar may be haunted.

A sliding door within the pub has been known to close on its own accord.

Séances have been conducted within the Blue Anchor with spirits being contacted during them.

But it’s hasn’t been proven that the contacted spirits were actually residential to the pub!

 

The Kings Head, Shadoxhurst

You’ll find the Kings Head pub along Woodchurch Road in the Kent village of Shadoxhurst.

The building dates back to 1645 when it was first built as a home.

It later became a public house in the 1800s.

The pub is said to be located on both a ley-line and an underground stream.

The Kings Head has a reputation for being haunted by the ghosts of two little girls.

Witnesses have described the ghostly girls as wearing clothes which are pre-Victorian.

They tend to haunt the back room of the pub with paranormal activity peaking during the Christmas period.

The ghostly girls have been blamed for moving items around the pub.

And witnesses have reported hearing them laughing and giggling!

The landlord actually once saw an apparition of a little girl standing next to the pub’s fireplace.

And when his son was young he had an imaginary friend who he played with in the pub.

There’s another ghost story associate with the Kings Head of a Victorian old man who suddenly appears in the bar.

And finally, there’s the local legend of a phantom coach and horses which is said to be driven by a headless coachman across the field next to the pub!

 

The Red Lion, Sheerness

Along the High Street in Blue Town, Sheerness you’ll find the historic Red Lion pub.

The weather boarded pub is believed to be one of the oldest pubs in the area.

It dates back to the late 1700s when it started life out as the Swan Inn.

The Red Lion is said to be haunted by the ghosts of a lady of the night and her faithful dog.

Paranormal investigators have conducted vigils at the pub.

They’ve reported the eerie sound of phantom footsteps walking along the upstairs landing.

And some of the team members actually felt the feeling of sea sickness come over them whilst investigating the building!

 

The Old House at Home, Sheerness

Along Sheerness High Street you’ll find a 17th century pub with the unusual name of the Old House at Home.

The pub has a reputation amongst the locals for being haunted…

It’s said to be haunted by a ghost who’s been blamed for moving furniture around the place and making eerie noises on the stairs.

The terrified owners of the pub reported that they’ve been thrown out of their bed in the middle of the night by an unseen entity!

And on one occasion a barmaid was hit on her head by a thrown barrel top when she entered the basement.

The eerie thing was that she was the only person down in the basement at the time.

 

The Chequers Inn, Smarden

You’ll find the Chequers Inn along the Street in the centre of the picturesque Kent village of Smarden.

The Grade II listed Chequers Inn is an old coaching inn which dates back to the 14th century.

The inn has a reputation for being haunted by a murder victim…

Now there are a few variations on this ghost story but the most common tale is that a soldier from the Napoleonic wars was stabbed to death during a robbery attempt in one of the pub’s rooms.

Some stories say that he was murdered by a young village woman who befriended him in order to steal his money.

His ghost is now said to haunt some of the bedrooms at the pub.

Members of staff have reported that some of the beds look like they’ve been slept in when in fact no guests have stayed in those bedrooms.

They’ve also reported that windows and doors have mysteriously opened on their own accord.

And cutlery has gone missing!

Spooked witnesses have also reported hearing phantom footsteps walking around the inn.

One guest reported that she had seen a ghostly apparition of a man standing by her bedroom door when she woke up in the middle of the night.

Apparently she called out to the man but he simply vanished into thin air!

That guest’s sister also reported that she had felt a burning sensation in her back during the night and when she awoke in the morning she discover a mark in the shape of a cross on her back.

 

The Woolpack Inn, Smeeth

Along Church Road in the Kent village of Smeeth you’ll find the Woolpack Inn.

The Woolpack isn’t that old, it was actually built in 1937.

It replaced an older inn which was sadly destroyed by fire.

The original inn dated back to the 1600s and was located where the new pub’s car park is now.

The old inn was said to have been once a favourite hangout for the local smugglers.

The present day Woolpack Inn is said to be haunted by two ghosts…

One is said to be the ghost of a little girl aged between eight and ten years old.

And the other ghost is said to be that of an old man.

The apparition of the young girl has been seen in the bar area of the pub skipping towards the kitchen.

She’s said to be wearing a nightdress.

The elderly man’s apparition has been seen where the old entrance of the pub used to be.

Witnesses say he has a bicycle with him!

The owners of the Woolpack Inn have also reported hearing table and chairs being moved about in the bar area late at night.

But when they investigate they find that nobody is in the bar area and the furniture is where it should be.

 

The William Caxton, Tenterden

You’ll find the historic William Caxton pub at West Cross in the Kent town of Tenterden.

The pub is named after the local 15th century merchant, diplomat, writer and printer William Caxton.

The pub is very old, it actually dates back to 1580.

And it’s located on an old crossroads where hangings once took place with the deceased bodies being publicly displayed from gibbets as a warning.

Locally the William Caxton pub has a reputation for being haunted…

It’s said that the pub’s cellar and some of the upstairs rooms where it’s rumoured a suicide once took place are haunted!

 

The Cardinal’s Error, Tonbridge

Along Lodge Oak Lane in the Kent market town of Tonbridge you’ll find the Cardinal’s Error Pub.

The pub is well over five hundred years old which makes it one of the oldest buildings within the town.

It was originally a farmhouse called Lodge Oak but was later transformed into a pub in 1949.

The Cardinal’s Error pub has a reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in Tonbridge.

Cardinal Wolsey was said to have taken refuge here in the days when the building was used as a farmhouse.

A local nun swapped her habit for the Cardinal’s clothing so that he could escape in her clothing.

She was later executed for this subterfuge!

It’s believed that the ghostly woman dressed in a red dress and tall hat seen at the pub was that of the nun in the Cardinal’s clothing.

The Cardinal’s Error is well known for being haunted by the ghost of Nellie.

She was a local farm girl from a couple of centuries ago who was made pregnant by a local lad but was jilted at the altar by him.

Distraught by being jilted on her wedding day she drowned herself in a nearby pond.

Her ghostly apparition was seen sitting in her wedding dress at the bottom of a bed in one of the pub’s bedrooms.

Apparently she sat there for a couple of minutes before disappearing through the bedroom window!

She also been seen walking up to the Cardinal’s Error from the direction of the old pond site.

She said to throw open the pub’s door, enter the pub, slam the door shut behind her and then walk across the barroom.

Her ghost then disappears through the door which leads to the private stairs!

Sightings of these two lady ghosts haven’t been witnessed for many years.

But recently there’s said to be another ghost of an old gentleman who’s said to haunt the area around the fireplace.

Apparently he says ‘Good Morning’ when there are no customers in the pub!

 

The Kings Head, Wye

You’ll find the Kings Head pub along Church Street in the Kent village of Wye.

The Kings Head is an old pub which dates back to 1870.

It has a reputation amongst the locals for being haunted.

In particle Room 202 is said to be the centre of the paranormal activity.

The haunting started many years ago when a traveller man died during a bare-knuckle fight and his body was brought to the Kings Head where it was placed in the cellar.

After the pathologist and the coroner pronounced that the death was an act of unlawful killing the man’s body was buried in the local churchyard.

And the deceased wake was held in one of the upper rooms of the Kings Head.

Spooked witnesses at the pub have reported seeing a ghostly mist walking through the doors of the building!

 
Bibliography
Janet Cameron (2012) Haunted Kent. The History Press