The Star And Eagle Hotel
High Street, Goudhurst
At one time in the past, there was a winding staircase down to the massive stone cellars. It was here that smugglers hid their booty. Internally, there are several bars with beams and an inglenook fireplace. In 1747, an ex-army corporal, William Stur, formed a militia and challenged the Hawkhurst Gang of 100 outlaws and smugglers. In a pitched battle in a tunnel between the Star and Eagle and the church, the militia beat the gang. The authorities arrested and later hanged several of the outlaws and Some of the badly wounded smugglers died in this tunnel, with there have been reports of moans and cries coming from behind the bricked up entrance. One solid looking ghost haunts the pub wearing breeches, with holding a pistol. It may well be the pistol, with four notches on it, that is now in Maidstone Museum. Pub dogs are not happy about this ghost. However, proprietors and proprietors have found a polite “Good morning’’ has been sufficient to put it to flight.