St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church, Pluckley

St Nicholas Church
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK10,431 contributions
A church with a lot of history
Dec 2019
St Nicholas Church, Pluckley is a beautiful church outside as well as inside and well worth a visit. Although the oldest part of the church is its 13th century tower and the western part of the north wall of the nave, a church was recorded as being on this site in 1090. Of special interest inside is the Dering Family Chapel (a time capsule of history in itself when you read the memorials). Of special interest outside is the Dering Family Vault, the Commonwealth War Grave of Private Edward Lewis Pile of the Northumberland Fusiliers who died on 27 April 1921 and the grave of Charles Alfred Ashdown who was 18 years old when he died on 15 April 1940. Charles Ashdown was a booking clerk and he died when a fighter piloted by a Belgian airman flying for the Royal Air Force crashed on the station during the Battle of Britain.
Written December 25, 2019
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PurcellBirchington
Birchington34 contributions
Historic
Aug 2019 • Couples
Anyone interested in the history of churches and their architecture will not be disappointed in a visit here. Access is easy and parking can be found in an adjacent field or in the main square of Pluckley.
My own interest stems from being a descendant of some of the big local names of the area and I have long wanted For sometime to look in at this church. The Dering and Malmain families who were prominent over the centuries have long gone as have their manors, their names only remembered now by the local roads being named after them. However, the church has a Dering chapel with many brasses. In a section to the rear of the nave and very tactfully set out, there are information boards with the history of the church and the local families that I have mentioned. Much has been said, elsewhere of Pluckley being the most haunted place in England but alas no ghostly apparitions appeared on this visit. I would have been delighted if a Dering or Malmain had suddenly appeared!
Written August 11, 2019
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SteveC2
Orpington, UK159 contributions
A Lovely Village Church
Jun 2019 • Couples
There's not a lot to see in Pluckley, but this church is the must see. An old English village church in its churchyard, with some magnificent trees. Well worth a visit.
Written June 11, 2019
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40snut
Folkestone, United Kingdom23 contributions
Haunted!
May 2019 • Family
The church is haunted too but didn't hang around to find out! You can walk for about a mile through the orchards to Hothfield where another oldy woldy pub awaits, The Swan. Pluckley, the most haunted village in the UK, just fascinating.
Written May 2, 2019
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AdamJKnight
5 contributions
Spooky
Jan 2019 • Friends
Really nice looking old church, if a little spooky.
The old ghost story goes like this
It is said that sounds of knocking can be heard in St Nicholas' church at night, sometimes a flickering light can also be seen. It has been said that the light belongs to Lady Dering, who was buried in three lead coffins to try and prevent her decay. A red lady is said to search the graveyard for her stillborn baby, while a white lady has been seen within the church
Written January 24, 2019
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Pete
United Kingdom262 contributions
Beautiful ancient church
Sep 2018 • Family
Situated in centre of pretty village. Excellent information boards on village history. Very peaceful .
Written September 15, 2018
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ken68thecaterhamkid
Lisbon, Portugal71 contributions
Haunted by a Grey Lady and a dog!
Mar 2018 • Friends
Pluckley has to be on every ghost hunters map. The church is no exception. Both the churchyard and the church itself boast ghosts, so you may be in with a chance of catching a glimpse of the other side. The Black Horse pub is good for lunch, and parking is fairly easy. Try the Dering Arms for a really great meal though.
Written May 2, 2018
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par14
United Kingdom226 contributions
Beautiful Historic Church
Dec 2017 • Friends
A very old , 900 years , Grade 1 listed historic building. Worth a visit to see such a superb village church ........ and even better if you attend a service as this brings the church to life!
Written February 18, 2018
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HappyMama41969
446 contributions
Beautiful church in a beautiful village
Feb 2018 • Family
This supposedly haunted 13th century church is totally beautiful and full of history. The Dering family are buried in a vault and along with inside the church and outside it is visited by a lady in red who is supposedly looking for her dead baby. There is also a lady in white who is the wife of Lord Dering who haunts there too as well as a dog. Some graves are hundreds of years old while others being a couple with one young man who was tragically killed in Iraq. Worth visiting .
Written February 17, 2018
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sabatinitennis
London, UK3,577 contributions
A large and light village church
Nov 2017 • Solo
Entrance to the church of this spooky old village is via a huge wooden door. Inside the floors are of brick, the walls are white-washed and there are four columns of wooden box pews. The church windows are both plain and of coloured glass and there is a glorious large coloured glass window by the altar. Close to the altar there is a chapel which is well stocked with plaques, although in the main body of the church there are few plaques on the walls.
On one wall is a huge tapestry and at the rear of the church two large war memorials plaques, one for the village and one for those who attended the local school. There is an impressive war memorial outside the church, close to the door too.
There are information sheets in four languages available to purchase too. A lovely church to visit.
Written November 21, 2017
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