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A Collection Of Unusual Phenomena, Several Without Any Obvious Explanation
Look beneath the surface and you'll find that Kent has its fair share of strange and quirky happenings, many that defy any logical explanation; or perhaps we just don't yet know what the explanation may be. We've been running these features for over ten years. A significant number of the posting come directly from user feedback and we warmly welcome your comments. Our contact details are at the foot of the page. Follow this link if you're looking for our Strange But True news.
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Strange But True - Nightime Helicopters
One such example is the appearance of low flying night flights by helicopters, there have been so many sightings now that there has to be some simple explanation (police/military/civil flights) but we often find no obvious explanation, although we concede one may be there but we just can't see it. One theory you'll find is increased security surrounding the 2012 Olympics but we haven't seen any evidence, it's just an educated guess.
Ghosts & UFOs
We have a large number of ghost sightings, particularly from Dover. Some can be explained but many can't. We welcome ideas about what a particular phenomena might be but we try to avoid getting into a ping-pong of theories. Kent 51 is a collection of user based experiences, some with feedback from experts. All have puzzled the people that have been exposed to them.
We don't publish everything we receive, some submissions don't meet our editorial criteria. Everything here has been submitted by users of Yourcounty, we are unable to take any responsibility for the reliability or accuracy of accounts and the reader should take every posting on its respective merits. If you read through a few of the items you will get a feel for the different experiences and approaches of the authors.
There are obvious and logical explanations to some of the phenomena, other incidents remain troubling and inexplicable even after many years. Sometimes it's only by grouping incidents together that an overview can be taken. So if you have anything 'unexplained' you'd like to share please email us email@example.com.
Apparition on the A25 - Can you help?
Is the A25 the sight of something strange or is it just a simple misunderstanding?
Beast of Bluebell Hill - Strange happenings in Medway in general and Bluebell Hill in particular are nothing new but some experiences are more persistent than others.
Black Dog - Leeds Castle is just one of the places we've received unusual reports from, in particular concerning big dogs. Most sightings in and around the historic pilgrims way. Can anyone suggest any reasons?
Bright Lights On The M20 - Whilst we receive many sightings of bright lights some prove to be more compelling than others or have strong corroboration. This A20 sighting is one such event.
Disappearing man - Well it seems the Chatterton Road area in Bromley is something of a hotspot for ghost or paranormal sightings. Have you seen anything or can point or users in the direct of more accounts or research?
Dover Apparition - Is there any substance to this restaurant spook? When looking at supernatural phenomena the time frame for understanding what may be happening might be very different from the ones we normally work in.
Dover Castle - Hype or hauntings at Dover Castle? The body of evidence is so great that there are very unusual conditions at the castle which means real or imaginary phenomena are common place. Is there anything we can say about this place other than 'oh yes it is' or 'on ho it isn't'.
Dover Orbs - Can this event be orbs casting a shadow or just backscatter?
Eerie Apparition In Ightham - Have you seen anything?
Halloween - When Halloween comes to Kent, Where to go, what to see and why!
Hampton Court Ghosts - Well although Hampton Court isn't in Kent we have received a couple of photographs from a lady called Maria who asked if we'd publish them here. With a building as old as this Palace and with such a turbulent history it would be a potential site for paranormal sightings.
Hop Farm Happenings - Beltring
In Search Of Local Manbeasts - Several creatures from red-eyed monsters, to blue donkey's feature from Kent.
Kent Big Cats - For several years large cats such as Puma and black Leopard have been seen, prowling the undergrowth around Bluewater Shopping Centre at Greenhithe. Many sceptics have dismissed such sightings as a hoax, but Kent Big Cat Research can confirm that such felids have been spotted for more than fifty years in the area.
Kent Big Cat Research - Smaller cats also inhabit Kent. The Lynx is known for its bobbed tail and tufted ears, there are various species with marked coats whilst the Caracal is similar looking, but has a longer tail and appears rusted in colour.
Kent's Phantom Hounds - Legends of ghostly black dogs, and hounds of Hell, are common throughout the world, from Black Shuck, Stryker, Guytrash and Padfoot in the UK, to Garm of Norse mythology.
Kent UFO - We are not alone
"i glanced into the south east sky only to see a round white object that looked quite a distance away in the clear sky. it had another smaller white object just above and to the right slightly."
Leeds Castle Dog - Omen of bad tidings?
Leybourne Lights - Orange glow
Maidstone Sighting - Lights UFOs and Military Helicopters
Orbit Close - The Walderslade Phantom Helicopter
Northfleet Hauntings - Have you heard of them?
Oxney Bottom - The scariest place in England?
Oxney Bottom - Part 2 - Can Anyone explain why?
I'm satisfied that Oxney Bottom has a very particular atmosphere and is regarded locally as a 'special' place but what I haven't read in the extensive coverage is any reason for why this place provokes such strong reactions. Is it an old burial ground, or the scene of some great disaster?
Scariest Place In Kent - Neil Arnold's personal perspective
It’s late, it’s foggy, and the headlights of your rain-spattered vehicle are constantly fighting to puncture the grey haze ahead, battling to sweep aside the thickening gloom, in order to pick out the route ahead. As your eyes concentrate on the misty road, suddenly a figure steps into the road from the woods on the left, it is a woman, rain-soaked.
The Police & The Predators - East Kent Big Cats
They claimed that over a period of two months over twenty sheep had been preyed upon by what they said was, “…a dog bigger than a Labrador”.
Weird Kent Creatures - Neil Arnold investigates
More Weird Creature - What's hiding in your local woods?
The monster had the head of an ass, the belly of a human being, and other monstrous members and limbs of animals very unlike each other.
Wallaby on the North Downs - Where did it come from?
Isolated sighting occur from time to time as far east as the Canterbury area. It's a sure bet that there Wallabies wild in Kent but it seems that they struggle to create sustainable groups.
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