Friday, July 01, 2022 01:29

Vinters Park

Event Showcase: Vinters Park


History of Vinters Park

Vinters Valley Nature Reserve in Maidstone, Kent has had a very interesting history and a house has stood on this land for 600 years.

Roman remains have been found on the site in the past, but the first recorded history was when a Roger de Vinter bought the land from the Abbott of Boxley in 1343, and built the first house.

Vinters house was bought by a local businessman, James Whatman of Vinters. Although he didn’t ever live in Vinters his son did. James Whatman of Vinters moved into the house in 1782, having bought it some time previously from the then Lord Ongley. He died in 1798 aged 57, and like many Whatmans was buried at Boxley Church.

During the Second World War the house was taken over for Military purposes and many Army units passed through the park. The fine furniture and effects were locked away. The ATS girls stayed in the house, with the men in billets near the kitchen garden. Having been empty for a few years the entire estate comprising of 660 acres was sold to a property developer in 1956. Shortly after this the house burnt down, and was demolished.

Ghost Hunting

We have been investigating the #VintersPark since 2017 and from the moment we stepped inside the Nature Reserve we have felt, seen and witnessed lots of paranormal activity.

This venue is our only outdoor venue now and there are distinct areas of the park which are more paranormally active than others.

Our favourite areas are; beside the bridge, this was the original entrance to the house, the terrace which was just outside the house, the lime walk which is good for table tilting and many people have seen something unexplainable here.

We often use the area around the old Kitchen Garden for our tech and gadget sessions as these have proved successful in the past.

We don’t have any video footage from this venue because we don’t bring cameras to outdoor venues.

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