Pluckley

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Pluckley
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Pluckley is located in Kent
Pluckley
Pluckley
 Pluckley shown within Kent
Area  12.63 km2 (4.88 sq mi)
Population 1,069 (Civil Parish)[1]
   – density  85/km2 (220/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ927455
Civil parish Pluckley
District Ashford
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashford
Postcode district TN27
Dialling code 01233
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Ashford
List of places
UK
England
Kent

Coordinates: 51°10′34″N 0°45′28″E / 51.1761°N 0.7578°E / 51.1761; 0.7578

Pluckley and Pluckley Thorne are very close clustered neighbourhoods in the Pluckley civil parish in the Ashford district of Kent, England.[2]

Geography[edit]

The landscape of the area itself is one of the edge of a well-drained plain with the lowest slopes of the Kent Downs to the north-west. Pluckley is mostly agricultural in land use and centred 5 miles (8 km) west of Ashford.[2]

History[edit]

References to Pluckley can be found in the Domesday Book, at which time it was a more significant settlement than the now considerably larger town of Ashford.[2]

Places of interest[edit]

Surrenden Manor[edit]

Surrenden Manor was the former residence of Sir Edward Dering, 1st Baronet (1598–1644), who is buried locally, and it was here that the Dering Manuscript, the earliest extant manuscript text of any Shakespearean play, was discovered. The manuscript provides a single-play version of both Part 1 and Part 2 of Henry IV. The consensus of Shakespeare scholars is that the Dering MS represents a redaction prepared around 1613, perhaps for family or amateur theatrics.

Elvey Farm[edit]

Elvey Farm dates from 1496 and includes a collection of stables and outbuildings dating from the 16th to 18th centuries

Saint Peter's Hall[edit]

Saint Peter's Hall was the venue for a benefit concert by blues guitarist Eric Clapton to raise awareness and funds for the Crossroads Centre on 20 October 1997.

Transport[edit]

The village, approximately 5 miles (8 km) from the nearest junction of the M20 motorway, is served by Pluckley railway station, about 1.25 miles (2 km) to the south. It lies on the Greensand Way long-distance walking route and is close to the Stour Valley Walk.

Local folklore and legends[edit]

Pluckley had an entry in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records for being the most haunted village in Britain, with 12 different ghosts reported.[2][3]

  • 18th century highwayman Robert Du Bois, who according to local legend was run through with a sword while hiding in a hollow tree at Fright (formerly Frith) Corner, in the Screaming Wood, Pinnock, seen reenacting his death.
  • The Gypsy or Watercress Woman on Pinnock Bridge, who according to local legend, either set herself on fire with her twin passions of pipe smoking and gin drinking or drowned in the stream where she gathered the watercress she sold, seen as a misty figure.
  • 18th century farmer Edward Brett, who shot himself in the Elvey Farm dairy and whose last words, I will do it, are heard whispered around the farmstead.
  • The Miller, who according to local legend haunts the ruins of the old windmill closed in 1930 and destroyed by fire in 1939, seen as a black silhouette.
  • The Red Lady, who according to local legend was a member of the Dering family, seen, along with a small white dog, in the churchyard of St Nicholas’s Church.
  • The White Lady, who according to local legend was buried inside 7 coffins and an oak sarcophagus, seen inside St Nicholas’s Church.
  • The Lady of Rose Court, who according to local legend poisoned herself in despair over a love triangle.
  • The Screaming Man who according to local legend either fell into clay pit and drowned or was suffocated by a collapsing clay wall at the village brickworks, heard screaming.
  • The schoolmaster found hanging by children in Dicky Buss's Lane.
  • A colonel who hanged himself in Park Wood.
  • A phantom coach and horses, which according to local legend has been heard and seen around the village as recently as 1997.
  • A poltergeist at the Black Horse Inn.

Appearances in the media[edit]

The ITV drama series, The Darling Buds of May, was filmed in the village (doubling for Sidcup) in the early 1990s.

The villages official status as the most haunted village in Britain has drawn many TV and radio series there.

  • An episode of the LWT television series Strange But True?, titled Pluckley – The most haunted village in England, was broadcast on 13 September 1996.
  • An episode of the Living TV television series Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders, which investigated the murder of highwayman Robert Du Bois in the Screaming Woods, was broadcast on 10 July 2007.
  • An episode of the Syfy television series Ghost Hunters International, titled Haunted Village, featuring The Black Horse Inn, Elvey Farm, and The Screaming Woods, was broadcast on 30 January 2008.
  • An episode of the Channel 4 television variety show Sunday Night Project, featuring Justin Lee Collins, Alan Carr and guest host Will Young investigating a mill and camping overnight in the Screaming Woods, was broadcast on 20 July 2008.
  • The KMFM radio Hallowe'en special Frightday Night, featuring The Black Horse Inn and The Screaming Woods, was broadcast on 31 October 2009.[4]
  • An episode of the BBC Radio 4 radio series Open County, which investigated the hauntings and their effects of village life, was broadcast on 4 November 2010.[5]

Pluckley was also featured on an episode of BBC's Top Gear. Two of the presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, were filming a review of the Smart Forfour. The presenters spent 24 consecutive hours in the car, spending the night in the Screaming Woods.

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