Country and County: Dartford
The following firsthand account of a haunt like experience dates from before the construction of the A2 and appeared on the Perception 9 website’s article about the many ghosts of Dartford Heath.
The following description of a haunting appears in the Perception 9 article on Dartford Heath. ‘The ‘Mad Ghost’ appears to be of 20th century origin and is very much associated with the asylum that once occupied the area around Bracton Lane.
According to the Perception 9 article on Dartford Heath, ‘There also are groups of night haunting ghostly figures that have been witnessed, ranging from a witch’s coven that is in full ritual; their coven sited into the heath, just south of Shepherd’s Lane.
Dartford Heath appears to be one of the many locations reputedly haunted by Dick Turpin and Black Bess. According to the Perception 9 website they ride across the heath, following a route across Shepherd’s Lane towards Bexley.
The Perception 9 website has an article that looks at the various haunting and strange experiences on and around Dartford Heath.
An article about Dartford Heath on the Perception 9 website mentions the ghost of a horseman dating from the English Civil War that rides slowly from the East of Heath Lane towards Wilmington.
An article about Dartford Heath on the Perception 9 website refers to the ghost of a knight that is thought to be the "Black Prince" which has been seen towards Bexley, near to the old Rochester Way.
An article about Dartford Heath on the Perception 9 website refers to the apparition of a Saxon or Norman knight that rides the Leyton Cross part of the heath, appearing to come in from the Birchwood Road area.
Helen Wagstaff in a 23 December 2006 story entitled ‘2 more big cats sighted in county’ (Kentonline) gives the following account of an experience around Dartford Heath.
There have been several reports of big cats in the Dartford Heath area. A Newshopper article by Alison White in 2006 confirmed that four sightings had been reported in October and November of that year.