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Cottage inhabited for 1,000 years
Old Kent Cottage
Old Kent Cottage has wattle-and-daub walls and a thatched roof
A couple who are selling one of the oldest inhabited houses in the UK are leaving behind more than its horse hair and mud walls and the thatched roof.

They believe the Old Kent Cottage, which dates back to 1050, is filled with the ghosts of previous owners.

"You never feel alone here, but it is a warm feeling - you don't feel there are things in the house that might bother you," said Lorraine Sansom.

The one-bedroom house is in the hamlet of Frogholt, just outside Folkestone.

It is one of a cluster of half-timbered houses on the banks of the Seabrook stream.

Safe haven

Old Kent Cottage has no foundations but sits on a stone plinth above the stream.

It is said to have been a safe haven for Archbishop Thomas Becket during his feud with Henry II.

"We keep turning up historical artefacts - it's like living in a museum," said Mrs Sansom.

Her husband, Wayne, dug up a collection of bronze weights with markings dating one to about 1100.

Boars' teeth and bones have been found at the end of the garden, on the site of the ancient midden and clay pipes are always being dug up.

"There are hundreds and hundreds of those - with many more still to be found, I should think." said Mr Sansom.




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