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Harrow Inn

Warren Street, Maidstone

It was through Lenham that pilgrims, travelling to and from Canterbury, rested at the Harrow. Many were elderly, frail and found the journey extremely difficult. Consequently, a number of them died along the way. Their bodies were carried to the nearest inn and then the church for burial. The ghost that haunts this pub is assuredly one of those. He has been observed and heard in the early hours of the morning, dressed in the 17th century clothing that a pilgrim wore. To top that, he is singing Plainsong, consisting of a single, unaccompanied melodic line, with the occasional hymn. Lenham was a main smuggling centre used by the Seasalter Gang who brought in contraband goods from the coast. These smugglers commandeered several pubs and farmhouses to store their contraband. One depository they employed to conceal the goods was Pink Farm, near Lenham. At this farm, with a number of cunningly concealed compartments, windowless rooms and secret shafts, the smugglers occasionally fought over the spoils. During one particularly vicious quarrel, one , an assailant took this person’s life, and It is in residence as a phantom.
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