The reported incidents might be from earlier, but I am going to bet that nobody thought to mention it until now.
With that said, lets collect and categorize the data for Kent (I may stray into Surrey/Sussex for a larger sample size):- Tilmanstone Whoops ~ too recent Chilham Structures and Howls ~ too recent Pluckley Woods Screams ~ Supposed local ghost story, nothing to investigate.
Just as in America, in the UK people liked circuses and traveling shows, in these days before TV and radio they would have been extremely popular and profitable.
There would have been loads of them and they would have contained performers, freaks and exotic animals.
A Mysterious Creature – On Saturday evening week a person in the employ of Mr E Greenhill of Bucks Farm Great Chart ashford, kent, was startled by the extraordinary sight of what appeared to him to be a large baboon type creature in one of his employers wheat fields but who’s name and nature were utterly incomprehensible to him.
not knowing indeed if it might be a certain unmentionable in body shape, its appearance had the effect of scattering his senses, when he had collected them enough of them he made a speedy retreat, at first he was frozen and had trouble getting to and over the stile in the field, he did atleast make it home with his har almost standing on end, he related the tale of the awful “zummat” he had just seen. Once this became public several of the stout men set out armed to check the fields but this didnt result in anything being captured, one man was so scared he rode by horse and cart to ashord to bring the local police force who would capture and arrest the creature.
The children of the National School had a holiday, and with a number of the inhabitants joined in general hunt of the woods but when wanted the creature is not to be seen, and no traces of it could be discovered, although it was considered that the thick undergrowth prevented such careful search as was desirable. They think it’s a baboon, why would we doubt them and assume it is a bigfoot?Somebody claiming they saw something in the 1970s is not a report from the 1970s if you only reported it yesterday, it is a report from yesterday!Only Four of these are worthy of investigating further because there is a possibility that these stories made their way into the newspapers or at least have been passed around and posted on the internet and can be found somewhere other than Bigfoot Blogosphere.Before I “go and see” in a more serious way, I am trying to work out where the best place to look is.And so I will continue to study the existing data, study the maps and try to maximize my chances of spotting a booger. Previously I have looked Northwards to Suffolk and Norfolk, but the map doesn’t show us much activity.If it were a bigfoot, so adept at hiding, why would it make a nuisance of it’s self for a month and let a host of different people see it?It is worth remembering that in 1858 we had an empire that spanned the globe, the biggest fleet in the world, and Britain’s ports were the busiest in the world.Blue Bell Hill, in Kent, is infamous for its’ ghostly hitchhiker but this area is also a cryptozoology hotspot – an ostrich was seen by a driver during the 1990s near the haunted hill, but what is of most interest to the BBR is that a large hairy beast, thought by the witness to be a gorilla, was seen here.This coincides with the other sightings of the Blue Bell Hill Beast listed, including that by a group of five Territorial Army members, who shouted and threw stones at the Bigfoot as it ran away There is really not much to go on with this report, but as it says that other sightings have been listed, I thought I should see if i can find any reports.He, however, at last did so, and we may suppose reached his home with his hair standing on end, and related the tale of the awful ‘summat’ he had seen; but the shock was so great it has made him ill.On the affair becoming known, it is reported, several of the stout men of Great Chart, well armed, made a search in the fields, but did not succeed in catching the animal, whatever it might be; while one party, probably inclining to the supposition of ‘the thing’ being his satanic majesty harboured thereabouts, took a horse and cart and went to Ashford in order to bring back aid from the police in taking him into custody.