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"I used to live in Walmer and frequently had to travel to London for business. On one occasion I returned by the last train which terminated at Dover. On going to the first driver in the taxi rank, who asked ‘Where to ? I said ‘Walmer’. He quickly said ‘Sorry mate, I’m just off duty’ and drove off. I took the next and as we went, I asked the driver why, if the first man was going off duty, he had asked my destination? He replied It’s a standing joke among us, he would rather lose a fare than drive along Oxney Bottom at night.
He says he saw a figure standing by the roadside who vanished when he level with it. I always thought and still do, that this was a local myth – on the other hand, a taxi-driver turning down a good fare and tip for a myth?
My family comes from North Deal although my mother grew up in London we used to hear tales about Oxney Bottom from our grandparents. There were very scarey.
There is an atmosphere at Oxney Bottom, but isn't this just a self fulfilling prophecy? What has actually happened, its fear based on fear, do we have any substantive proof of anything?
Just read your web page and thought I would tell you my experience. Easter weekend of 2000, I was driving along the A258 to visit my sister for the weekend. I was coming up to a crossroad when saw a woman standing in the side road. I was surprised and thought how dangerous it was to be standing there. As I passed the turning I saw her more clearly. Although I could not see her features, she was completely grey from head to toe. The outline of the clothing was very defined, so much so that it felt strange to see something so clearly when travelling at that kind of speed. I didn't believe in ghosts until that day. But I know I saw the grey lady of Oxney that day.
"I have been reading the comments on
your site and with regards to the person who reported on hearing 'child
like cries', without sounding like a spoilsport can I please point out
that there is fact a very busy boarding kennels not quarter of a mile
away! Having been working at these kennels for some time I can appreciate
that some of the noises the dogs make could well be mis-interpreted as
child like cries. I go up in these woods regularly and have never
felt like I'm being watched or felt scared. Also if the wind is in
the right direction you can actually hear the dogs up to a mile away. Just
something the readers might like to bear in mind!
"I now live in Dover and my mother
lives in Deal so I have made regular trips along the road between, which
includes Oxney Bottom at all times and in all weathers. I have never seen
anything untoward but my mother (who is the hardest headed no-nonsense
type) has always referred to the area as "Grey Lady Corner" and
has known a few of the many casualties in her 35 years living close. I have noticed that mist lies here and that
there can be some unusual effects with car lights and slipstreams etc. My
neighbour, (75 years a local) and an ex-Navy man, says that he was
travelling back to Dover some years ago when a coach burst through the
hedge on the kennel side and disappeared into the hedge opposite. I should
make it clear that by coach, he means horse drawn stage coach. He says he
swerved, narrowly missing the trees that have claimed so many lives down
there and after regaining his breath sped home. He states that he has
never used that road again at night, preferring to go around by Sutton!I hope this any be of interest to your
other readers, could there have been a road bisecting the modern one at
some time? or is my neighbour the only one to see the coach. I must admit
when he first told me I thought he was pulling my leg but when I started
to joke back I realised that the poor man had been genuinely frightened.
Yourcounty user James has come up with some
more feedback about Oxney Bottom"my friends and i decided to head out
to oxney bottom after reading about it on your website. We went on a late
summer night, there was 8 of us. when we got there we found the
church and decided one of us would take the video camera and sit inside
the church, whilst the rest of us left and said we would come back in half
an hour. The person would film the interior, with a commentary on how they
felt, etc. The rest of us went back to the main road a
waited, ten minutes later, crashing through the woods our friend came
bursting out, cursing and sweating. They said they saw nothing but felt like
they were being intensely watched.. and felt a presence glaring at them..
they couldn't stay. I decided to go and check it out.. i got to the church
and waited.. i then decided to go for a walk outside the church and it was
there i encountered a similar sense of being scrutinized by something..
and whatever it was didn't like my being there.. i swear i felt something
breathing on my neck. it was then that i fled
Oxney bottom is without a doubt a truly scary place!!
Yourcounty user Robert now living in Canada shares his thoughts on this atmospheric place situated between Deal and Dover.
"I lived in the nearby village of
Kingsdown in the sixties and went to school in Dover so I was used to
travelling through Oxney on the bus almost every day. I became fascinated
with the local stories of the Grey Lady that was reputed to haunt Oxney
Bottom. There were also stories of a child who had died falling down a
well in the woods there. I did quite a bit of research at the local
libraries in Deal and Dover at that time and uncovered the following
From a book that I believe was called “Ramblings through Kent with Pen and Paper” published in the 1920’s I found mention that Oxney was supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a young highwayman; the youngest son of a Dover Innkeeper who had finally been captured and hanged at the site of his crimes: Oxney Bottom. He was by all accounts a gallant lad and never robbed the ladies travelling on the stagecoaches. The author mentions that very few of the old locals in Ringwould recalled the tale, when he questioned them and I don’t think he mentions the Grey Lady, which could mean that she is a relatively modern ghost.
Oxney was actually once a village and the village church was destroyed during the Reformation and suffered the indignity of becoming a barn for many years. It was eventually used as a family graveyard by the residents of nearby Oxney Court – a fine house designed by Sir Richard Roffey. This was the Lacoste family, I believe.
I visited Oxney on several occasions. The church took quite a bit of finding in the woods, which were full of small shallow trench-like excavations that we assumed were from the war. To our disappointment, Oxney Court was in ruins, and even though it was a warm summer’s day we were amazed that our breath formed steam as we explored the remains of the house. We found the Well within the broken walls – it was cemented over with a large concrete block and bore a date from the early sixties. I would say that this was where the child died. It was a very dismal and depressing place and we felt that we were probably trespassing.
My sister and I, along with her boyfriend, returned to Oxney one autumn evening with the intent of writing down the dates and inscriptions on the gravestones to help further my research. This was a foolish thing to do. Evening closed in quite fast as we reached the bottom of Ringwould Hill and headed into the woods. After a while we were hopelessly lost in the woods, with only my prior recollection of the rough whereabouts of the church to go by. It was quite hazardous, blundering through the near darkness, finding ourselves back where we started from, at times. We had torches and used them sparingly for fear of being lost in the dark.
Finally we found the church and I hurriedly wrote down the inscriptions – by this time the whole venture had lost its appeal. Fortunately we found our way back to the main road without too much difficulty by following the sound of the traffic and catching glimpses of the car headlights through the trees. A thin fog had started to drift in and we were happy to be walking alongside the road, despite the cars flashing past at very close proximity.
One interesting thing that we observed was that as the cars swooped through the bends of Oxney Bottom, the air currents created by their passage caused the fog to swirl up into the path of the oncoming car. I could see how this could be seen as a ghostly apparition, especially in rain and fog.
Oxney was not a pleasant place and still holds a fascination for me, thirty five years later. I suppose we were very lucky not to have witnessed something more macabre on that night as we wandered through the woods."
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