The village of Dode in Gravesham, Kent, was abandoned after the entire population was killed during the Black Death. Now all that’s left is the haunted church
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A church “haunted” by the ghost of a seven-year-old girl is all that remains of an abandoned British village whose population was wiped out by the Black Death.
Dode sits in the heart of Gravesham where only the Church of Our Lady of the Meadows remains after its tragic past with the story passed down through Kentish folklore of how it was wiped out.
The beautiful medieval church is now used as a wedding venue and hides the secret of its past and the horror of the Black Death that struck 600 years ago.
Dode was built at some point between 1087 and 1100 during the reign of William II of England, reported KentLive.
It was built on top of an old man-made mound that it is now known as Holly Hill as opposed to “Saint” due to the hamlet’s nefarious reputation.
Oddly enough, the church is built on a confluence of Ley lines – “magnetic” lines in nature “that birds, mammals, insects and bacteria use to migrate long distances.
Where the lines meet often produces a measurable vortex of energy, which has led some religions to regard these areas as sacred.
The Norman stone church is all that remains of the village, after its population was wiped out in 1349 by the Black Death, and is accessed by a single road, Wrangling Lane,
The myth is that the villagers took shelter in the church during the epidemic and succumbed while awaiting help.
It is said that the last survivor of the Black Death in Dode was a seven-year-old girl known as Dodechild who died in the church.
The Dodechild is believed to haunt the graveyard, although sightings are rare.
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In local superstitions, she would supposedly appear on the first Sunday morning of each month, but since none of the villagers survived the plague, it was believed that the area was cursed.
The church was desecrated and barricaded in 1367 by the order of Thomas Trelleck, the Bishop of Rochester, and it stood empty for 650 years.
The church has also become famous for its black magic rituals.
Another legend said the well next to the church was bottomless, but this was proven wrong in 1996 when a team from the Kent Underground Research Group measured it 10 meters deep.
Holly Henge is the name given to the Dode stone circle which is said to evoke the spirituality of centuries past.
Timeless rites of passage take place within the circle, such as baby naming events, evidenced by centuries of time that “go beyond Dode and into eternity.”
The Handfasting ceremony has roots in the ancient Celtic tradition and dates back to 7,000 BC.
This is a couple who have their hands tied with ropes, where they then exchange gifts within Holly Henge.
The church was eventually bought out in 1990, by Dough Chapman, a licensed surveyor who worked at Canterbury Cathedral.
Over the next two decades, Doug painstakingly restored the interior of the church to make it look like it would have looked in its original state.