Halloween guide to the most haunted buildings in Portsmouth

Wymering Manor''Picture: Dominic Smith

Wymering Manor''Picture: Dominic Smith

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HOUSING one of the most haunted buildings in Hampshire, Portsmouth has lots of ghost stories.

A Wymering Manor, a choir of nuns and Sir Roderick of Portchester, who was murdered outside the manor, are among more than 20 ghosts who are meant to haunt Wymering Manor.

Some say it is the most haunted in Hampshire - but it’s not the only spooky place in Portsmouth. Others include:-

St Thomas Street - A ghostly woman was said to stare in through the upstairs window and a ghostly presence would cause people to move aside on the staircase.

The sound of a heavy body crashing from the top to the bottom of the stairs was an ‘everyday happening’.

Landport Hall, Commercial Road, - The site of dramatic performances before the creation of the New Theatre Royal. Actors in the 1850s complained there was a ghostly addition to their company at the end of each performance.

Fort Widley - The Victorian fort has reports of the spirit of a little boy haunting the tunnels. It is said that he was a drummer and was being pursued along the parade ground by a superior officer and fell to his death down the spiral staircase. Rapid footsteps have been heard running along the tunnels.

History lecturer Dr Karl Bell, from the University of Portsmouth, is calling on people from the city to share their ghost experiences for an online app. The free app will highlight the date, location and nature of the reputed hauntings.

Dr Bell has gathered about 75 ghost stories for the ongoing project, but is appealing for residents to tell him more.

He says: ‘I’m asking people for any kind of ghost stories. They can be as weird and wonderful as you like, as long as they have been interpreted as being supernatural.

‘What I’m really interested in is the way stories change people’s perception of place. A ghost story can change a mundane building into something special.’

Many of the stories Dr Bell has collected involve sailors including one of Portsmouth’s most infamous ghosts Jack the Painter.

The map also highlights superstitions, such as the belief that something dreadful would happen to Portsmouth if a bust of King Charles I was removed from the Square Tower in High Street.

Mr Bell hopes that the app, which is currently in the final stages of development, will be ready to download from mid-November. To share your ghost story, go to port.ac.uk/supernaturalcities and leave details via the link.

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