Just off the River Medway in Kent is an island that many people will never have heard of and it’s somewhere many people would probably rather not know about.
That’s because it’s a rather chilling place, by all accounts.
Opposite Queenborough in Sheppey is an area dubbed Deadman’s Island, where no visitors are permitted.
The island is covered in human remains and coffins, with bones and skulls all over the place.
Why, you ask? Well, more than 200 years ago, the spot was used as a burial ground for convicts who died aboard prisoner ships.
As water levels have changed over time, the bodies in the unmarked graves have been uncovered.
In 2021, due to coastal erosion and a shift in tides, skulls and bone fragments now stick out of the ground from the six feet of mud that once blanketed the area.
The island, which was once lost under the high seas, was most recently explored in 2017 by the BBC’s Inside Out South East programme.
The crew are among some of the only visitors to have set foot on the island in recent times as people are banned due to its bird breeding and nesting site.
Owned by Natural England, the land is out of bounds to the public as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is recognised to be of international importance under the Ramsar convention.
Natalie Graham, who presented the Inside Out programme claims she’ll never be able to forget the terrifying sights she saw on Deadman’s Island.
She said: “What I saw there will stay with me forever.
“This is a really strange sight. I would imagine there can’t be anywhere on earth like this.”
Th show’s director, Sam Supple added: “It is like being on the set of a horror film.
“It looks so surreal, it’s like an art department has designed it. There are open coffins and bones everywhere.”
As hardly anyone has ever been to the island, a lot of folklore about the creepy place has spread.
Locals have previously warned travellers of hounds with glaring-red eyes that ate the heads of buried bodies and described a skin-crawling atmosphere at an ‘island solely occupied by the dead’.
Meanwhile, the perimeter of the island has become known as ‘Coffin Bay’ as you guessed it, it’s littered with open coffins accompanied by scattered remains along its banks.
Many have wondered whether the bodies at Deadman’s will ever be re-buried, but experts have admitted this would be a difficult task due to the constantly changing seascape which threatens the durability of the bones and could wash them out to sea.