The Royal Albion
21 Havock Lane, Maidstone, Kent
At this inn, General Fairfax took the surrender of the local Royalist troops in June 1648, with the last battle was in Havock Lane. The Royal Albion exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include ‘Haughty Ann’, the beautiful daughter of the proprietor who was courted by many. However, she spurned them all. She said she would remain a virgin rather than marry. Ann died of a fever and her ghost has returned looking for an eligible young man. It is also haunted by Martin Shotwood, who made another proprietor’s daughter, Sarah Oake, pregnant. He took flight from the Royal Albion, leaving her distraught. She drowned herself, with he later hanged himself in remorse when he discovered what unhappy course she had taken. When Shotwood manifests, observers describe him as wearing a dark grey suit, with tears coursing down his cheeks.