The Blue Bell- Beltring, Kent


Aim: To attempt to capture evidence of paranormal phenomena at a location that to our knowledge, has never been investigated before.


The Bluebell Inn at Beltring is easily missed sitting, as it does just off a busy dual carriageway past the Hop Farm. It is one of the oldest buildings in the area dating back at least 600 years. It is believed that there may have been a building here before this. In a time when hops were the main industry in these parts this was the only public house for miles and inside there are photographs of this era showing crowds of people being served through the windows. It now consists of 2 bars (one considerably older than the other) and a restaurant with living quarters above. Outside is an early 20th Century function hall.

Ghost Connections received reports of sightings of spirits within the building and previous clairvoyant information of a spirit in the restaurant area. Tales of unnaturally quickly expiring batteries in clocks abounded and some photographs taken in the hall, shown to the team on a recce, prompted them to ‘feel’ the atmosphere here and deem this worthy of some attention on the night. An account of a ‘dream’ of a boy crawling though a hole in the attic had previously been said the be close to an account of a boy jumping out of a previous window on the upper floor.

It was intended to investigate the attic area although due to circumstances beyond the team or tenants control this was not feasible on the night.

The team investigated the hall and the restaurant area using various methods and used the opportunity of the photographs shown to them of the hall to experiment with long exposure photography in an effort to replicate often produced images said to provide evidence of ghosts.

Fuji Finepix 4900
Fuji Finepix S5500
Fuji Finepix S5000

Sony DCR-HC19

Sharp PA- VR10E

Gauss EMF Meter

IR Emitter Sony HVL-IRM (x2)
Tapes (MiniDV)

Ghost Connections - Ian, Paddy, Kim, and Dave.

Use of EVP, still photography and camcorder to record the evenings events whilst calling for spirit in the hope of capturing evidence of paranormal activity.

The Investigation:

The team first located to the hall. General feelings of an oppressive nature were sensed although despite calling out no activity was experienced here. During a more intense séance held here feelings of sickness were encountered and certain unexplainable noises were heard in the area of the bar. There were a number of other noises but were found to be electrical or mechanical equipment in this area.

Whilst in the hall the team also experimented with long exposure photography with interesting results. Dave’s Canon EOS-10 was also used and the films are awaiting development. The airtight pendulum experiment was set up and recorded on cam. From the teams position it seemed that there may have been unexplained movement of the pendulum by request although close scrutiny of the footage shows very little movement at all.

This session had to be called off after an hour and a half as Kim felt a tightening of the chest and throat and could not stop coughing severely.

CCTV had been set up to record continuously in this area.

The team had a short break and then moved into the main building to investigate the restaurant area.

CCTV had also been set up here focussed on the fireplace area.

The team conducted a lengthy vigil in this area and also conducted a glass experiment on a table prompting anyone else present to communicate. No noises were heard of an unexplainable nature. Nothing was recorded on cam footage or voice recorder that cannot be readily explained.


The CCTV and Voice Recorders produced nothing of note in any areas.

Camera footage and stills produced nothing of note in any areas.

The noises heard by the team were substantiated on recordings.

The glass experiment produced no movement at all.



Experiment Photo
Experiment Photo

Despite current reports and eye witness accounts from the venue no evidence was forthcoming.

A few noises remain unexplained in the hall.

Kim’s coughing cannot be explained naturally however its cause cannot be said to be paranormal due to lack of conclusive corroborative evidence.

It may be suggested that the situation within the premises regarding possible closure was having an influence on the staff and the team. This is a suggestible reason for any normal ‘friendly’ activity to cease in the light of impending uncertainty. We may never know if this was the case. A further investigation in the future may establish if this theory is at all relevant to the reported activity at The Bluebell Inn and whether this is why little was experienced on the night we visited.

There was an amount of information forthcoming of a clairvoyant/psychic kind, but this cannot be validated. As Ghost Connections conducts scientifically based investigations we do not publish such observations, however, this information is held on a separate database and may prove interesting when compared to other peoples experiences. Should you wish to discuss this information please email us.


With Thanks


We would like to thank Derek and Mandy at The Bluebell Public House for their hospitality and interest.





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