Halloween is just around the corner and many Londoner’s will be busily preparing their trick and treat routes.
The capital has a host of spooky locations itself but if you’re feeling particularly brave one small village in Kent has a fearsome reputation you might like to check out.
Just an hour and a half away from London lays the sleepy village of Pluckley, an isolated spot that has long been considered the most ‘haunted’ place in England.
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There have been more than a dozen reports of ghost sightings in the village in recent years from a variety of ghouls.
Given its history, Pluckley attracts visitors from across the country who want to put their nerve to the test for an evening stroll or, dare we say it, an overnight stay.
There’s a number of areas to dare to visit in Pluckley where spooky happenings have been reported in the past reports Sussex Live.
Fright Corner seems a good place to start.
It’s believed a highwayman was killed here in the 18th century. It’s claimed he got 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 it’s said their sword fight is re-enacted – always with the same consequence.
Visions of a horse-drawn carriage, along with the clip-clop of horses hooves, haunt Maltman’s Hill, according to locals.
A babysitter is even said to have reported seeing the coach as if it was real, with light pouring from its windows as horses pulled it along the street.
And back in 1997, one driver almost crashed when they heard the clatter of hooves on cobbles on a tarmac road.
Unsurprisingly, the cemetery is a pretty scary place to visit too.
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 placed on top of her final resting place.
There have been reported sightings of her, now known as the red lady after her rose, wandering the graveyard and wailing while she searches for the grave of her stillborn baby.
A lady in white is also said to stalk both the church and the library of her old family home, Surrenden Dering.
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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 the First and Second World War.
One employee even held an all-night vigil one Christmas Eve and when the lady in white seemingly appeared in front of him, he shot her ghost with his rifle.
If that’s tickled your fancy, perhaps a visit to Pluckley will be right up your street, we’ll be right behind you – honest!
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How to get there?
Pluckley is very easy to get too from anywhere in London.
For those who would like to drive there, its easy to follow the M20 and A20 with a journey time of just over an hour.
Alternatively regular trains run to Pluckley station from London Blackfriars at a journey time of one hour and 20 minutes.
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