Released: April 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
From castles and historic houses to the villages of the county, the roads and even the sea, this 80 page publication is packed full of spine-tingling paranormal tales.
It would be hard to imagine a more historic county than Kent. It was here that the Romans, the Saxons and the Normans first made landfall at the start of their successful invasions of the islands of Britain. It is quite possible that it was in what is now Kent that prehistoric man first wandered across the land bridge that millennia ago stretched across the English Channel.
Kent is also one of the first places where Christianity – or to be more precise the version of the Christian faith headed by the Church of Rome – became adopted. Canterbury Cathedral is the country’s oldest and its archbishop has been the head of first the Catholic and later the Anglican faith in Britain for more than a thousand years. Thanks to its proximity with the continent, Kent has seen historic battles and skirmishes galore and is possessed of some of the finest castles to be found anywhere. There are also many grand and beautiful old stately homes, a good number of which are open to the public.
Kent has another rich heritage – its haunted heritage. The county’s ghosts date from periods throughout its long history. Here can be found ghostly Romans, spectral Saxons, medieval knights and ladies, and phantoms from the Tudor and Elizabethan periods, the 18th and 19th centuries and one or two dating from the Second World War. Kent even has a few ‘celebrity’ ghosts, including Admiral Lord Nelson and Charles Dickens.
These ghosts can be found in many beautiful and historic places, for Kent’s towns and villages are among the most picturesque in England. Others haunt those splendid stately homes, castles and other sites of historic interest mentioned above. Still others may be encountered on the winding roads that lead through its charming countryside. There are even phantom ships to be spotted, just out to sea.
The ghostly heritage of Kent is well worth exploring, not only because the stories are so fascinating but because those haunted sites that are open to the public are so rewarding of a visit. We hope you enjoy this ramble through one of the most historic and haunted counties in England.