Do the ghosts of the many tragic accidents that have occurred here still roam the roads to this day? Terrifying the unsuspecting motorists that happen to pass through this desolate stretch of road where they met their demise.
The ghost of Blue Bell Hill is certainly one of the most famous and recognisable ghost stories that has ever come out of Kent, a place that is renowned for its paranormal activity. Over the years there have been multiple reports of ghostly happenings occurring on the Blue Bell Hill, many have even been reported in national newspapers.
Unsuspecting motorists have claimed to have seen a woman running out in front of their cars in the dead of night, often locking eyes with them before being hit and vanishing. The witnesses have stated that no collision had occurred and upon checking no victim ever found.
It is said that the ghost of a woman who died in a tragic car accident in 1965, is responsible for many of these terrifying experiences. As well as the reports of the ghost jumping in front of cars, there have also been four reported experiences of a female hitch-hiker on Bluebell Hill. Motorists pull over to pick her up, only for her to disappear from the back seat shortly after setting off.
On the fateful evening of November 19, 1965, Suzanne Brown, Judith Lingham and Patricia Ferguson and one other friend were all involved in a tragic car accident when their Ford Cortina spun out of control and collided with an oncoming Jaguar. Unfortunately, three of the four women in the car were killed.
Suzanne Brown, 24-years-old was returning from her hen night, she was due to marry an RAF technician by the name of Bryan Wetton the following day.
Despite numerous reports stating that Suzanne died at the scene, it was actually her friend Judith Lingham who passed away on the road following the accident, Suzanne Brown and Patricia Ferguson died several days later in Maidstone hospital.
The tragedy left behind an unsettling legacy, unexplained visions were reported throughout the 1960s and 70s at the site - although ghostly sightings there are said to date back to the late 1930s.
For the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, several paranormal investigation teams gathered outside the Lower Bell Pub which is nearby. They claimed to pick up a lot of activity and said they could hear voices, screaming and shouting for help.
Witness statements from Blue Bell Hill
Rochester Man 1969
Four years after the accident, a man on his way home to Rochester late at night, saw two pedestrians walking towards him, then suddenly disappear. On another occasion he witnessed the pedestrians again, walking across the road, however this time a car drove straight through them!
James Skene 1971
James was driving home from work when a girl in her early 20s suddenly appeared in front of his car. He gave her a lift to Chatham, but when she got out she disappeared.
Bob Vandepeer 1972
Mr Vandepeer said he gave a lift to a girl on the hill only to later turn around and discover the hitchhiker had vanished in the back of the car.
Maurice Goodenough, 1974
In the early hours of 13 July 1974, Maurice Goodenough, a bricklayer from Rochester was driving through Blue Bell Hill, when a “young girl” jumped in front of his car. “The girl just walked out in front of me from the edge of the road,” he said. “My car hit her with a hell of a bang.”
He jumped out of his car to tend to the girl, who he found lying in the road, with a cut to her forehead and grazes on her knees. He covered her with a blanket and tried to wave down passers-by, but no one would stop. He thought it would be unwise to try and move her into his car, so he rushed off to Rochester Police Station to report what had happened. They returned to the scene to find nothing but the blanket Goodenough had placed over her.
A search was called in the nearby area, but there was no success. The search resumed at dawn, with tracker dogs, but no scent, tracks, or blood could be found. A check on hospital admissions, as well as a newspaper appeal for the missing child, were carried out, but nobody stepped forward. Goodenough was interviewed by the News of the World that Saturday night and was obviously still shaken and adamant that he had, in fact, hit a girl. “I’m not going mad”, he said. “But where did she vanish? I’m still shaking from the experience.”
The Press jumped to the assumption that the girl must have been a ghost. Their research about the incident in 1965, as well as the legend of the hitch-hiking ghost, resulted in the conclusion that the girl must have been a ghost. The fact that it was a girl, her appearance in the vicinity of the 1965 crash, her vanishing after the incident, and the fact Goodenough’s car wasn’t damaged, all point to this conclusion.
“Ghost Girl Seen Again” – A Headline from 1992
It was late one Sunday evening in November, when Ian Sharpe, a 54-year-old coach driver was on his way home to Maidstone when a young woman appeared directly in front of his vehicle near the Aylesford southbound turn-off of the A229 at Blue Bell Hill. The woman strangely stared right into his eyes, before he hit her, with the body going under the bonnet. Mortified, he slammed on his brakes and jumped out to help the woman.
“I honestly thought I had killed her”, he said. “You can’t imagine how it felt. I was so scared to look underneath, but I knelt down and looked straight through – there was nothing there”. He then looked around the vehicle and at the side of the road but found no-one. So sure he was of hitting the woman, he went to the police station at Rochester to tell them about the incident. Aware of the area and its reports, the police went on to explain the legend that surrounds the area.
Nevertheless, the police returned with him to the scene, and sure enough, the search proved fruitless. Ian Sharpe later described it as the most terrifying experience of his life.
Also, later that month and year, two motorists reported hitting a woman wearing a red scarf, near the Robin Hood Lane junction at Bluebell Hill. They searched and informed the police, but yet again, nobody was ever found.
Hello, during 1964- 1973 I was a member of Kent Ambulance Service based at Medway. One Christmas Eve night while driving back from a Maidstone hospital in an ambulance, after taking a patient there, we were driving up Blue Bell Hill when suddenly my co-driver and myself noticed a person, in what appeared to be wearing a wedding dress, step out into the road, I slowed down and my mate leant out the cab window asked her where she was going this time of night. All she wanted was a lift, so I jumped out and opened the rear of the ambulance doors and she got in. When we drove into Rochester I turned my head and called out to her but the ambulance was empty.
It is hard to ignore the number of witnesses that have claimed to have had an experience on Blue Bell Hill, combined with the horrifying history of death that has occurred on this stretch of road makes the whole story even for frightening.
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