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The Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel, Dartford
The Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel on High Street in Dartford is Grade II Listed and dates from 1703. Originally it was a large coaching inn on the London to Canterbury and Dover road. This amazing old building has a reputation of being haunted and according to Anna Dubuis in her article ‘The ghosts and legends of north Kent’ which appeared in the Gravesend Reporter on 31 October 2012. ‘In the Victoria and Bull Hotel in Dartford, their in-house guest makes no secret of her presence.
Her picture hangs in the 500-year-old hotel as a memory of a little girl called Winifred who died there of tuberculosis centuries ago.
Frozen in time as an eight-year-old, she is as petulant as any other child.
Deputy manager Kerry Bishop said: “If she can’t get her own way, she smashes glasses.
When we had our refurbishment she broke so many. She did it the other day.
“She doesn’t like noise and change. You can see her in the corner of your eye running across the balcony.”
The hotel has other ghostly residents including the cavalier – whose presence is smelt from the cigar he smokes – and a dog that warms the feet of guests.
Seven years working there and Kerry hasn’t been given the creeps.
“They can’t hurt you, so I don’t mind. Some guests get scared but some don’t,” she said.