Britain's 'most haunted village' where at least 12 terrifying ghosts are said to lurk

St Nicholas Church at midnight in Pluckley village
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Pluckley, a picturesque village in Kent, holds the eerie title of being Britain's most haunted village.

Located just a short 90-minute drive from London, this seemingly tranquil spot was officially recognised as the 'most haunted' by the Guinness Book of Records back in 1989, with reports of up to twelve ghosts haunting its streets and buildings.

Although Guinness no longer uses this category and some question whether Pluckley still holds this chilling title, ghostly sightings continue to be reported in this quaint Kentish village.

One of the spectral figures said to roam Pluckley is the Red Lady, believed to be a member of the local Dering family. Her apparition is often seen wandering St Nicholas's Church graveyard.

A pond in front of some Oast Houses in the small village of Pluckley in Kent
While Pluckley is a rather idyllic country village, legends claim many ghosts haunt the area -Credit:Gregory Warran/Getty Images

The tragic tale associated with her suggests she roams the graveyard in search of her child's unmarked grave. Various accounts suggest she died during childbirth, her child was stillborn, or that the infant passed away shortly after birth, reports the Mirror.

Another ghostly figure linked to the Dering family is the White Lady, who also haunts the church. She is known for her burial inside seven coffins and an oak sarcophagus. Little else is known about the White Lady, except that she was interred in a white dress, which inspired her name.

The tale of the Monk and the Lady of Rose Court is a rather melancholic one. The Monk is believed to haunt Greystones, the former rectory, while the lady's spirit is said to linger in the manor house Rose Court.

Local folklore suggests that there was some connection between the two, though the nature of this relationship varies from story to story. Some say they were friends, others hint at a romantic involvement or even a love triangle.

Regardless of their relationship, it is said that the Monk died of a broken heart, and the Lady of Rose Court ended her own life by consuming the juices of poisonous berries and ivy. There are even tales that she passed away standing at her window, looking towards Greystones.

A Tudor Lady is also said to haunt Rose Court, with some speculating that she and the Lady of Rose Court are the same entity. This spectral figure can reportedly be heard calling for her dogs on the road between Greystones and Rose Court.

Pluckley is also home to other ghostly tales, including those of a highwayman known as the Screaming Man, a drowned Gypsy woman, and a phantom coach and horses.

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