Earlier in the year we went to explore the famous haunted village of Pluckley in Kent, mainly the church and screaming woods, but just before we reached our destination we came upon these ruins.
In fact some people think this is Pluckley, but these remains are the ruins of St Mary’s Church at Little Chart. The church was dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and the Holy Rood. The Normans built the church in the 11th century as a two cell structure, and over the years it expanded…… described as a handsome building of sandstone with two aisles, two chancels with a steeple at the west end. The steeple is said to have been built in Henry VII’s reign. The Victorians carried out major repairs in the 19th century with new windows, and oak panelling.
On one fateful evening, 16th August 1944 during WW2, the unthinkable happened, St Mary’s received a direct hit from a flying bomb, a doodlebug, With only the damaged tower and parts of the chancel wall surviving, the bells were removed and stored. In 1955 a new church was built nearer the village. Fortunately no one was killed, but that has not stopped the site from becoming a ghosts hunters paradise.
It does have a vey sad haunted feel about it and it felt stronger in the woodland with the broken headstones overgrown with brambles. It was quite an overcast day which added to the spooky feeling of the site being abandoned. It is sad to think that we had shot down the bomb and with all the farmland and open space surrounding the church, it landed square on the building. But it was better an empty church than an occupied dwelling, as it was on route to London.
As to the hauntings…….there have been some sightings of mist, when there has been no mist and several sightings of groups of people in the distance, plus sounds from the tower. But I think the church in Pluckley is more haunted then here…….. because at least here, all my photos remained on my card…..unlike Pluckley Church where all the gravestone and monument photos disappeared………..
I did have a hardened ghost hunter with me as a companion, who did his very best to track down a ghost, but they were hiding in the shadows on the day we visited.
14 Replies to “The Haunted Remains of Little Chart’s Church”
A lovely old place, and it was very interesting to see the photos of it still intact. It looks as if it has lain in ruins for centuries – what a sad story, but lucky for the nearby residents, as you say. I remember your posts about Pluckley – somewhere that does intrigue me, I must admit! I think I’d probably be a chicken if I visited, though 🙂 Love your photos, by the way.
If you ever get the change to go to Pluckley, go, because the village and surrounding area is in a beautiful part of Kent. It’s ok as long as you stay away from the woods……..Its a shame about the church, because the church tower looked so interesting from the old photo with the little turret, I have only seen one before and that was in Wales. Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂
This place looks great, very atmospheric. I must check it out.
You must, because it does have a very atmospheric feel to it 🙂
LOL I worry about you 🙂
Great post and fabulous photos, Lynne. Would you mind if I re-blogged it onto History Magpie?
Hi Rachael, glad you liked it and you are most welcome to re-blog 🙂
Reblogged this on HISTORY MAGPIE – Building a nest with the stories, objects and people who have filled Kent's history. and commented:
I’m a big fan of Lynne’s blog -Echoes of the Past – where she shares the historical snippets and images she find on her travels. Churches hold a particular lure for her and she frequently organises outings to visit several in one day. Her camera is a constant companion, as is her husband Steve, and Lynne’s close up photos are stunning in their detail. Her latest blog details her visit to the Kentish village of Pluckley – England’s most haunted village, and the haunted remains of Little Chart’s Church and she has kindly let me post it for you here…
Many thanks Lynne.
Thank you Rachael for your kind words 🙂
Very interesting Lynne, and thanks to Rachael for re-blogging it. How spooky that your pics in the Pluckley church didn’t come out. Pretty scaring.
Thank you, glad you found it interesting. It would have been scary if I had known that the church was haunted beforehand, but ignorance was bliss. It wasn’t until I downloaded the card that I realised that all of the shots I taken on anything to do with any persons i.e. graves, monuments, brasses, were missing. There are some really good brasses and a whole side chapel full of monuments……but all disappeared…..I am not going back…..some else can take them 🙂
Thank you for posting the above information, the church remains look delightful. I live not far from here but have never visited and would love to but I can’t trace it on Google Maps. Please can tell me directions from Pluckley. Many thanks
Take the road to Charing and Little Chart old church is on the right after about a mile.