All the usual haunts
PUBLISHED: 10:41 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 23 August 2010
THE witching hour is fast approaching and Kent is no stranger to some paranormal activity. Gravesend Library is home to an unsociable ghost who flushes the toilet when he thinks everyone s gone home. Gordon Jenns, 62, has experienced the phantom flusher
THE witching hour is fast approaching and Kent is no stranger to some paranormal activity.
Gravesend Library is home to an unsociable ghost who flushes the toilet when he thinks everyone's gone home.
Gordon Jenns, 62, has experienced the phantom flusher several times.
He said: "It's happened three times in the past 11 years, always around seven o'clock on a Friday. It's very off-putting.
"The first time it happened I thought someone had broken in the back door so I went with something very heavy in my hand to give them a warm welcome.
"I'm absolutely certain the toilet flushed itself. The door was locked and the cistern was still filling up when I went in. I'm an ex-marine and not prone to hallucinations. I'm guessing the poor fellow only wants to relieve himself!"
Dartford Library's spectral resident, Kathleen, is less shy and frequently makes herself known to staff.
She was a spinster and the daughter of the first librarian, though why she insists on pestering the staff remains a mystery.
Living TV's Most Haunted team visited the building in February last year to record the unearthly activity.
When they conducted a séance, several books spookily fell from the shelf.
A library spokesperson, who, fearing ghostly repercussions, wished to remain anonymous, said: "We sometimes have to work in the attic room but there are days when I can't go up there because there is such an oppressive and sad atmosphere.
"I was up there once and I heard a really horrible groan. We often hear footsteps when there's no one there and people have seen faces behind books when they pull them from the shelf. Sometimes the door to the room will slam shut, which is freaky because other times it won't shut at all, no matter how hard you pull it."
Warren Holmes, a casual worker at the Tudor mansion Hall Place, in Bourne Road, Bexley, claims he has heard footsteps despite the building being uninhabited over the last eight years.
He said: "It's a very jumpy place. There are two little boys who haunt the attic.
"Apparently, they were locked in for years and starved to death. One of them used to work at the David Evans silk mill down the road and there are reports of a little boy wearing Victorian clothes walking along the road at night between here and there."
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