Long before the Kent Life Museum existed, back in the 1100s, Boxley Abbey occupied the land!
In 1966, Maidstone Borough Council was gifted with the Cobtree Manor Estate. On this estate was the derelict Sandling Farm.
Nearly 20 years later, in 1884, the decision was made to restore the farm and convert it into a museum. The rural life museum, now known as Kent Life Museum, opened in 1985 and continues to thrive to this day.
You can find a fantastic collection of buildings at the museum, some Grade listed, which have been dismantled in other areas of the country and rebuilt on the museum site. And with these building came the ghosts!
Many of the buildings seem to come with their own haunting stories. Take Petts Farmhouse for example. A small wooden doll mysteriously appeared on the floor inside the house. She’d had her arms, legs and hair cut away and had some kind of noose wrapped around her neck!
Many, many apparitions have been seen around the farm and its buildings. A World War II nurse, monks, a young girl, a mysterious face at a window, a german fighter pilot, and woman holding a baby, and a couple known as ‘The Strangers’ to name but a few!
Are you ready to investigate Kent Life Museum?
YOUR HOSTS: Ghost Hunter Tours
YOUR EVENT: Ghost Hunter Tours return to Kent Life to investigate again this very active location – the museum has had reported sightings and happenings over many years and the history of the site is huge. The night will consist of spirit board, table tipping, glass movement, sensory work, also using the equipment such as K2’s , the night will be dedicated to guests new and old and with the help of the experienced staff will make sure you will have the best night possible and that you come away feeling like a ghost hunter. The venue is well documented as a very haunted location don’t miss your chance to do this event with us – are you brave enough to join us? When we were here last time the activity was through the roof – just ask anyone who came on the night !!!