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The Kings Head - Sutton Valence, Kent

The Kings Head Public House was subject to previous Ghost Connections investigations at the invitation of Simon the landlord, in February, April and September of 2007. Based upon our experiences on our previous visits we were to focus on the barn.

The known history of the building is described in our February report and can be read online by clicking on the link previous report.

Inside the building consists of a front public bar and rear restaurant areas divided by an open bar facing both rooms on the ground floor along with stair access to the private rooms above the main building and another to the function room which is above the ground floor kitchen in the annex. There is a previously un-investigated outbuilding to the side of the public house which is a ragstone contructed stable. The internal fittings are still evident and the building is believed to be older than the public house itself. Its actual age is uncertain.

The Investigation

To investigate reports of paranormal activity at The Kings Head public house and specifically cover the Stables on site.


The team have investigated the public house itself previously and on this occasion due to the age of the building had chosen to begin in theadjavent stable building. There is no history of any paranormal events occurring in this building.


Video camera-
Sony DCR-HC19 with night vision and Sony HVL- IRM IR light
Samsung VP-D351 with night vision and Sony HVL-IRM IR light

Digital Camera-
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Fuji Fine Pix S5500
Pentax K-100 Digital SLR

Voice recorder -
Olympus VN-2100PC
Olympus DM20

Calibrated thermometer with probe




Using visual and scientific methods combined with spiritual information investigate the background to alleged paranormal phenomena at this venue.


Due to the opening times of the public house this precluded an investigation within the Kings Head itself initially. The team had decided to explore the stables initially and dependant upon the results achieved would move to the public house itself later in the night. We were to change this plan as the night progressed!


The stables were constructed of Kentish Ragstone and are a solid and forbidding structure. There are two entrances on the south side of which only one can easily be used. The original feeding rack still exists in places on the north wall. The floor is paved with stone and a steep ladder leads to the first floor hay loft. This was assessed and considered a little dangerous for us to use for an investigation.

The original hay racking against the north wall.

The team then chose to find the most convenient place to set up, which was dictated by the stored items. This place was found to be just inside the main doors. This area presented itself with the addition of light effects caused by passing motor vehicles headlights shining through the gaps in the wooden planking on thedoor. Having noted this we commenced our investigation.

We found it to be very dusty and therefore expected lots of orb type phenomena to appear in photographs.

The temperature was 9.6 deg C.

It was noted that passing traffic caused rows of lights to move across the rear wall where headlights shone through the gaps in the wooden planking of the door. Noises and voices from outside could also be heard with clarity. Other lights were identified as time progressed as shining through the gaps onto areas of the back wall. After closing these would not present a problem as these were floodlights attached to the public house.

Temperature rose to 10.2 deg C. then down to 9.9, 9.8 then 9.7-9.6.

The location of the thermometer was then changed.

Temperature settled at 9.1 deg and then to 9.0 deg C.

Paddy then noted a sense of a presence behind him followed by a cold breeze across his legs.

Temperature was 9.0 deg rising to 9.1 then down to 9.0 again.

The team took a break.

On return the temperature was found to be 8.4 deg C. rising rapidly to 8.4 deg.

Temperature rose again to 8.8 deg.

Kim and Ian commented on a strong draught across their legs coming from Paddy's direction.

A smell of spice is commented on by Kim.

A sense of someone moving about behind Paddy was noted by all the team.

There was a further break and upon return the temperature was found to be 8.3 deg rising to 8.6-8.7 to 8.9 deg C

Investigation concluded.

The Results
There was little in the way of recorded anomalies on this visit although some information was written by the team in relation to feelings they felt. In keeping with our policy they are not quoted on the online report as an investigative method.

Sensations of presences seemed to be common place. This may be due to the amount of objects stored and misconceptions of shadows and structures although it is rare for the team to be so adamant about things of this nature.

The noise of movement behind Paddy took everyone by suprise and although any natural cause cannot be ruled out it was certainly interesting and was picked up on the audio and video footage. Nothing was actually seen to move and nothing was found to be noticably in a different position.

It does seem that when little occurs in the way of notable phenomena then the team explore some experimentational methods a little deeper. The temperatures noted within the context of the report are of interest and a correlation can be noted.

Whenever the team were out of the building the temperature went down noticably. When the team returned the temperature would rise rapidly by a marked amount and then spend some time fluctuating before settling generally after a period of about 15 minutes.

This means that the presence of the human body within an envoironment that is cooler can affect the ambient air temperature and cause it to rise within a certain distance of the persons. Our themometer probe was about 2 feet from the nearest person. The temperature will then even out over a period of time.

What is interesting to note is that even after this period there were some marked fluctuations which cannot be accounted for. They are not of the largest of margins and may therefore be entirely naturally occurring but are unlikely in these instances to be caused by human intervention.

During our stay a certain amount of other information was forthcoming to the team of a clairvoyant nature. 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.

Another interesting study of a different building at the Kings Head.

Further access to this site has now been offered and we look forward to a return visit.
Ghost Connections would like to thank Simon for the fourth invitation to investigate The Kings Head.

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8th December 2007

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