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The Cricketers Inn

Wrotham Rd, Meopham, Gravesend, Kent

Built between a fabulous old windmill and village green this is understood to be the oldest formal cricketing inn still existing in the country. It took its name when the Meopham Cricket Club was formed in 1776, with this pub was their headquarters. As early as 1735, cricket was well established in this village and there was a pub called the Eleven Cricketers. This is the earliest reference to any pub name connected with the game. The Cricketers exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include a woman who hanged herself when her Napoleonic Wars soldier husband returned with a French mistress. The ghost of the abandoned wife typically appears in the public bar. She also haunts a nearby lane, wearing an orange tinted silk dress that rustles as she walks. A local miller, Bob Bennett, who had been a regular at this inn, hanged himself in the 19th century. The ghost of Bennett has been observed on the green opposite the Cricketers, with wearing flour covered clothing.
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