Original article from Kent Live
With its medieval roots, it’s no surprise that Canterbury is said to be one of the most haunted places in Kent.
The city is home to a spooky cathedral and even has its own ghost tour, but Canterbury’s most haunted venue comes in the unlikely form of a picturesque tearoom.
Despite its quaint appearance and menu of home comforts, Tiny Tim’s Tearoom on St Margaret’s Street has been dubbed the most haunted place in Canterbury.
According to the city’s award-winning ghost-hunter, John Hippisley, Tiny Tim’s is haunted by the ghosts of three children who died during the middle ages.
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The story goes that the tearoom, which was previously a Chinese restaurant, caught fire in 1986, reducing the building to ruins.
During restoration works in the early 2000s the mummified bodies of three children were discovered in the attic of the building, clutching bibles in their hands, inscribed with the year 1503.
Alongside the bodies of these children were the mummified remains of cats and dogs, placed there to ward off evil spirits.
Other macabre discoveries were made in the panelled room on the third floor of the building – behind each of the 186 panels, was a child’s tooth, a ringlet of hair and the name, date of birth and date of death for each.
The loose bricks in the fireplace revealed a collection of children’s shoes from the 16th century.
Legend has it that after the removal of these items, the building took on an eerie feel, with various workmen reporting the sounds of children playing, whispering and singing, and sudden drops in temperature throughout the building.
And I must say I was a bit sceptical when I first entered Tiny Tim’s Tearoom, it was giving me more cosy cottage vibes than haunted house.
But I sat down in a comfy armchair with a baked camembert lunch and observed my surroundings for any signs of ghosts.
The tearoom was packed with couples and families enjoying cream teas and cocktails but still no spooky sightings.
A girl on the table next to me claimed she felt a presence, but I was yet to experience anything remotely spooky.
I was suitably impressed with the food and pleasant atmosphere but after polishing off my lunch I was silently disappointed that I hadn’t made any ghoulish friends.
In a last-ditch attempt to see if Tiny Tim’s lived up to its ghostly reputation, I visited the ‘Ghost Room’ on the third floor of the tearoom, where the children’s teeth and hair were discovered.
There was no denying this room had a different feel to the rest of the café.
There’s something distinctly eerie about being trapped between the walls that housed mummified bodies for hundreds of years.
Whilst I can’t claim to have spotted any ghosts myself, I did get a shiver down my spine looking through the photos and reading the creepy history of the building that adorned the walls.
Whilst it’s a matter of opinion whether or not Tiny Tim’s Tearoom is actually haunted, there’s no denying it has a fascinating history and a delicious menu.