Pluckley and Pluckley Thorne are very close clustered neighbourhoods in the Pluckley civil parish in the Ashford district of Kent, England. 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. 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.
Local Folklore and Legends:
Pluckley had an entry in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records for being "the most haunted village in Britain", with 12 different ghosts reported; the category is no longer in use by Guinness, and a visiting Daily Telegraph journalist in 2008 cast doubt on the claims.
- 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.