Old Soar Manor
Old Soar Manor is a Grade I listed building dating from the 13th century and orginally belonging to the Culpepper family. There is a ghost story associated with Old Soar Manor, from the18th century when it was owned by the Geary family. The following is extracted from an article in the Kent and Sussex Courier entitled ‘The ghastly ghouls rumoured to haunt our sleepy district’ dated from 31 October 2008. ‘Even nastier skullduggery was afoot in Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, back in 1775. A dairymaid called Jenny was made pregnant by the family priest, and died in suspicious circumstances (drowned in the church font). Because the death appeared to be suicide, Jenny was buried in unconsecrated ground, and now haunts both the house and the chapel. A phantom priest was seen in the chapel in 1972, and soft footsteps are heard from time to time.’
In 1780 the great hall was demolished and replaced with a farmhouse, so all that remains of the building associated with the events of the story are the solar, latrine and chapel.