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Things that go Bump in the night!! Some ghostly going on in the area!!

Kits Coty

Just outside Aylesford, is the scene for a spectral battle between two long dead warriors. The ghosts with a military background can be encountered North of the town beside the A229. ln a small fenced enclosure stand three large upright stones, which are known as Kits Coty House. They are all that remain of a once much larger burial mound constructed around 2,500 BC. About 400 yards away down the hill towards Aylesford Village, a tumbled collection of boulders (Countless Stones or Little Kits Coty) maybe the ruins of another ancient tomb. It is between these two burial sites that the ghosts are seen.

The phantoms are two tall, muscular warriors who are forever fighting each other. Equipped with spears and round indexshields these two men seem so deeply engrossed in their struggle that they pay no attention to anything around them. The endless battle never reaches a decision for the phantoms disappear before either of them beats the other. One local story maintains that the men date from the 5th century when the Germanic mercenaries hired by the local Britons rebelled to take over the country. Inviting thousands of fellow warriors over from Germany, the newcomers established a new nation – the English. The earliest leaders of the new nation were two brothers, Hengest and Horsa. It is said that the battling phantoms are Horsa and the local British governor who fought a single combat to decide who would rule the valley of the Medway. Horsa was killed and the English withdrew to Sheppey and Thanet. Hengest did not wait long to revenge his brother’s death and soon after the fight Kent was an English kingdom. One of the warriors at Kits Coty is believed to be Horsa, leader of the first English invaders to land in Roman Britain around the year 450.

 

The ghosts of Bluebell Hill
The road ghosts of Bluebell Hill must be one of the most notorious stories in Kent, and the most dangerous. When they least expect it, innocent motorists are suddenly confronted by a young woman’s figure, which runs out in front of the vehicles at night. In three separate incidents, actual collisions were reported by motorists in 1992 and each driver said the young Woman had stared hard at them as they hit her. In every case, full investigations were subsequently carried out by the police, but at no time was any evidence of victim or crash found to back up the accounts. There is some speculation about the reason for this haunting although many people believe it is connected to a sad story that hit the headlines of two main London papers on Saturday 20 November 1965: ‘Doctors Fight for Death Crash Bride’ in the Evening News (late extra edition), and the Evening Standard whose headline read: ‘Bride—to—be injured in death crash’. Further accounts appeared on 21 November 1965 in the major Sunday papers, the News of the World, The Observer, The People, The Sunday Express, Mirror, Post and Telegraph, as well as in newspapers in the woman’s home country of Australia. On Friday 19 November 1965, the bride-to-be had spent a happy day with three friends shopping for dresses, and later the four young women set off for an evening out with the groom. Tragically, there was a collision along Bluebell Hill on the A229, where their Ford Cortina smashed into another car after skidding on a dangerous bend near the bridge over the Old Chatham Road. One of the friends was killed instantly, and later the badly injured bride-to-be and another friend died of their injuries. The wedding had been fixed for the day after the fatal crash, so one cannot imagine the grief of the young groom and the dead girls’ parents. Some people think this appalling tragedy is responsible for the haunting and maybe the tragic bride searches for her fiance on Bluebell Hill at this bleak time of year. Another spirit, a woman hitchhiker, thumbs a lift from motorists on Bluebell Hill, but after she has got into the back of the car, she disappears, leaving no trace of her presence. This has happened so many times it cannot be ignored as just a trick of the imagination. Perhaps, one day, she will reach her destination and stop giving motorists such an unpleasant shock. There have been several other accounts of figures simply walking head-on into cars and disappearing into the bonnet or under the wheels, but on inspection, nothing has been found.

Here are a few examples of phantoms, all subsequently reported to the police by terrified motorists:

 

• In 1969, a man from Rochester reported seeing two pedestrians approaching, then suddenly disappearing. Once, while he was driving along Bluebell Hill, the phantom pedestrians walked across the road and a car drove right through them
• In 1974, another man from Rochester reported having driven into a young girl of around ten and seriously injuring her. She was dressed like a schoolgirl — in a white blouse, skirt and ankle socks. Wrapping her in a car-blanket, he went for help, but by the time he returned, accompanied by police, all they found was the discarded blanket. No child was picked up that night and taken to any local hospital, nor was the man’s car damaged
• Late one night in November 1992, a young girl appeared in front of a driver near the Aylesford slipway and stared straight at him before vanishing under the bonnet. He lurched to a halt, got out and desperately searched for her, but there was nothing there. There was no sign of damage to the car.
• Later, the same month and year, a woman with a red scarf ran in front of a car near the Robin Hood Lane junction, falling underneath it. The driver stopped and went back, but there was no sign of a victim. The police were called and thoroughly combed the area, but found nothing.
• In January 1993, an old woman in baggy clothes ambled onto the road, and then stopped in the middle, defiantly facing away from the traffic. As the driver and his passenger approached, she turned deliberately and leered at them. Her face was terrifying, wizened like a witch’s, with a black hole of a mouth. The apparition waved its arms around as if cursing the couple and they were badly shaken by the experience.

Larkfield Priory Hotel – Charlotte’s tragic end Charlotte was a servant girl who lived at a manor house in the eighteenth century. When the young, unmarried girl became pregnant, she went almost out of her mind with worry. There was no one to protect her, her lover wouldn’t marry her and she knew she would lose her job once her pregnancy became apparent. A friend told her about a certain person who could help her and desperate Charlotte went ahead and entrusted herself to the abortionist. However, the abortion was unsuccessful and poor Charlotte died soon after. Nowadays, that old manor house is Maidstone Larkfield Priory Hotel, which is said to have suffered a great deal of disturbance in the 1980s, when Charlotte went on a rampage, haunting the corridors, appearing in front of guests right out of nowhere and terrifying them. A clairvoyant was contacted to try to put the unfortunate ghost to rest. As a result of her visit, several more ghosts were discovered to haunt the premises, which were once the site of an old gallows.

West Malling

The ghost brick
During the Second World War, there was a distressing incident when a Spitfire crashed, killing the pilot, after a brick smashed through his Windscreen. This event is said to rematerialise from time to time when a brick whizzes out of nowhere and hits passing vehicles.
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