Portsmouth

 
 


Fox Terrier

Location: Portsmouth - 44 Laburnum Grove
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1910
Further Comments: Elliott O'Donnell wrote that a medium who receded here believed her home to be haunted by several cats, which were mistreated by a former owner of the property.


 
 


Murdered Sailor

Location: Portsmouth - Blue Posts Inn (destroyed by fire in 1870)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1870
Further Comments: This inn was haunted by the ghost of a sailor who was murdered therein. His corpse was secretly buried in the courtyard, though in 1938 a gravestone was placed in the area thought to house the body.


 
 


Jumping Keyboard

Location: Portsmouth - Cash Converters, London Road, Fratton
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Two workers in Cash Converters reported seeing a navation analogue synthesiser fly three metres across the shop floor, hitting a CD rack. The former owner of the keyboard told the manager she had sold the item because of experiencing similar problems at home.


 
 


Jack Aitken

Location: Portsmouth - Harbour area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy weather
Further Comments: Hanged for attempting to commit arson in a naval dockyard, Aitken's body was then displayed in a gibbet - the chains of which can still be heard clinking in the wind.


 
 


First World War Soldiers

Location: Portsmouth - Hayling Avenue
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A woman walking down the road walked by a detachment of soldiers travelling in the opposite direction. She noticed they were wearing an old style of uniform, but it was only when she looked back and realised they had vanished did she know she had witnessed something strange.


 
 


Shaking Bed

Location: Portsmouth - HMNB Portsmouth, HMS Nelson, Saumarez block (now demolished)
Type: Other
Date / Time: September 1990
Further Comments: A witness reported waking up after the room fell cold. He could feel something sitting on his legs, but nothing could be seen. After several minutes the bed began shaking violently, and the witness felt his legs being lifted slightly, before the top half of his body was also lifted at a forty five degree angle.


 
 


Flashing Lights

Location: Portsmouth - HMNB Portsmouth, Leviathan Block
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre 2013
Further Comments: It was reported that journalists working on the Navy News newspaper would see flashes of light emerging from the corridor outside their office. An uncomfortable feeling would accompany the light.


 
 


Buster Crabb

Location: Portsmouth - Keppels Head hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of two hotels claiming Crabb spending his final night here, the Navy frogman is said to haunt the building. Crabb vanished while attempting to spy on a Soviet warship which docked at Portsmouth during the Cold War.


 
 


Clothes Thrower

Location: Portsmouth - Private house along Agincourt Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: At its peak, the entity present in the house pushed an occupant down the stairs. It also scattered clothing around rooms and snatched items from people's hands. A blessing performed at the house was said to make things worse.


 
 


Buster Crabb

Location: Portsmouth - Sally Port hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of two hotels laying claim to Crabb spending his final night here, the Navy frogman is said to haunt the building. Crabb vanished while attempting to spy on a Soviet warship which docked at Portsmouth during the Cold War.


 
 


Murdered People

Location: Portsmouth - Site of the White Garter public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the White Garter was pulled down, dozens of bodies where found under the building - it is thought that a landlady and a male 'friend' murdered and stole goods from many of their guests. The murdered people are restless however, and have been seen in the area of the public house, or felt as they pull the sheets off beds.


 
 


Buckingham

Location: Portsmouth - Spotted Dog inn (destroyed during the Blitz)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre World War Two
Further Comments: The site where John Felton assassinated the Duke of Buckingham was widely believed to be haunted by the tragic figure.


 
 


Looking for Child

Location: Portsmouth - St Mary's Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: A ghostly woman in a dressing gown was once said to wander the hospital looking for her baby, who had died of unknown complications.


 
 


Actor

Location: Portsmouth - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An actor who cut his own throat here in the 1880ís is said to remain earthbound.


 
 


Victorian Barmaid

Location: Portsmouth - White Swan inn, Guildhall Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This unfortunate woman was murdered by her violent husband after he returned from sea.


 
 


Children

Location: Portsmouth - Wymering Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The oldest building in the city, Wymering Manor is said to be home to several apparitions and cold spots. The sounds of children whispering have also been reported, although one former resident went on record as saying the phantoms were 'quite nice and quite friendly'.


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