The hanging body of a schoolmaster, a menacing monk and screams of agony coming from the woods.
This is not the setting of a fear-inducing horror movie, but rather a quaint English village nestled in the Kent countryside.
With just 1,000 residents and a mix of adorable cottages and picturesque country homes, the tiny village of Pluckley appears to be a perfectly normal place to live.
But things start to change once darkness hits and the village is hiding a number of disturbing secrets.
The parish church dates back more than 600 years and the village is such a perfect picture of an English village it was even the setting of The Darling Buds of May, starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta Jones, but scratch beneath the surface and all is not as it seems.
A staggering 15 ghost are said to roam around various parts of the village, from the Screaming Woods to the churchyard of horrors, including a man smothered by a wall of clay and a a phantom coach and horses.
And if you were doubting it’s authenticity, Pluckley is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most haunted village in Britain.
Here’s a look at some of the scariest happenings in Pluckley.
Not a lot of explanation needed for this one.
The chillingly titled Screaming Woods certainly lives up to it’s name – with numerous reports of the sounds of screaming men and women being heard after dark.
They are said to be the sounds of those poor souls who died while lost in the misty woods.
Over the years the site has become a real tourist trap – with a brave few even choosing to spend the night camping beneath the canopy of trees.
That’s not the only place in the village where screams ring out, as people claim to hear someone shouting out in agony from the site of the brickworks.
It was there that one unlucky bricklayer met a gruesome end when he was smothered by a wall of clay and drowned.
Haunted highway man
The sound of ghostly horses hooves would definitely chill the blood – and people living in Pluckley have to put up with these on a regular basis.
According to locals, visions of a horse drawn carriage along with the clip clop of horses hooves haunt Maltman’s Hill.
Back in 1997, one driver almost crashed when they heard the clatter of hooves on cobbles on a tarmac road.
A babysitter even reported seeing the coach as if it was real, with light pouring from its windows as horses pulled it along the street.
The aptly named Fright Corner is also a place to be avoided if you hate seeing ghostly visions, as the spectre of a highway man hides in a tree.
It’s believed the highway man was killed here in the 18th century after getting into a fight with those in charge of keeping the peace in the village.
They pinned him to an oak tree with a sword and now their fight is re-enacted – always with the same consequence.
Thieving pub ghouls
The atmospheric pub The Blacksmith’s Arms boasts not one, not two, but three ghosts.
Previously called both The Spectre’s Arms and The Ghost’s Arms because there have been so many hauntings, strange things are still going on behind its walls to this day.
Among the figures who hve been sighted in the pub there are a Tudor maid, a coachman who gazes longingly at the fire in the public bar and a Cavalier wandering around the upstairs rooms.
The Blacksmith’s Arms isn’t the only haunted pub in Pluckley – the Black Horse also has its fair share of ghosts.
However, they’re a shy set of spirits in this boozer and while they are cheeky, they’ve never actually been seen.
The pub, which used to be a farmhouse belonging to the local bailiff and was surrounded by a moat, is famous for things magically disappearing from right in front of people
But it seems these ghosts have a conscience because a few days after items disappear, they turn up again.
Dicky Buss’s Lane
It might look like the perfect place for a sedate country stroll but there are reports that Dicky Buss’s Lane is anything but.
Richard ‘Dicky’ Buss was a well known figure in the village last century – and the miller is said to now haunt the village’s, now ruined and abandoned, windmill, The Pinnocks.
Dicky closed his mill in 1930 and nine years later is was destroyed in a storm when it was struck by lightning.
However, it seems Dicky has unfinished business and his spirit is said to still haunt the windmill and he is normally spotted just before a thunderstorm hits.
As for the lane itself, there are claims the corpse of a teacher who hanged himself have been seen.
He is said to have take his own life following World War One and his body was found by Dicky several weeks later.
Grave yard grumblings
Few places are spookier than a cemetery, so Pluckley’s is even more terrifying than most.
Lady Dering was buried in the graveyard of the local church, St Nicholas, in the 1100s in a coffin made of lead with a red rose place on top of her final resting place.
There have been sightings of her, now known as the red lady after her rose, wandering the grave yard and wailing while she searches for the grave of her stillborn baby.
A lady in white said to stalk both the church and the library of her old family home, Surrenden Dering.
The grand house was destroyed in a blaze in 1952 but her spirit was reportedly seen by staff from the US Embassy, who used to property as a base between World War One and Two.
One employee even held an all night vigil one Christmas Eve and when the lady in white appeared in front of him, he shot her ghost with his rifle.
A house named Greystones was always going to be imposing and threatening – and this one has its own ghostly monk for good measure.
The house was originally built in 1863 and was called Rectory Cottage as it was the home of the rector of St Nicholas Church nearby.
Nowadays its most famous resident is said to be the ghost of a monk. However, since it was renamed Greystones, the monk seems to have hidden himself as there have been no reports of unusual activity.
Pinock Bridge is the perfect spot to sit awhile and take in the stunning surroundings – whether you’re alive or dead.
The bridge is said to be haunted by a gyspy woman, who made her living selling the watercress she collected from the stream below.
She has been spotted sitting on the bridge and smoking a pipe. It’s believed to be the spot where she lost her life after being accidentally burned to death.
The woman appears as a misty figure, who never speaks – simply sits there smoking her pipe.
The second man who took his own life in Pluckley is a colonel who hanged himself in Park Wood.
He has been spotted wandering among the trees, even though much of the area has been cleared, his spirit still seems to remain.
The 250-year-old Rose Court house looks like the perfect, quaint English village home – but hides a very dark past.
It mistress is said to have taken her own life by eating a handful of poisonous berries.
While the Derring Arms used to be a hunting lodge and is said to be home to the ghost of a woman wearing a bonnet.
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