Wymering Manor: Inside Hampshire’s ‘most haunted’ house where paranormal activity is felt ‘on a monthly basis’
There is nothing scarier than a paranormal encounter.
In Hampshire, many properties and places are said to be haunted, where legend has it that ghostly maids, soldiers and nurses haunt the hallways.
But one place in particular is said to be so haunted that it has regularly been dubbed the most haunted place in Hampshire and even the most haunted place on the entire South Coast.
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The current house at Wymering Manor in Portsmouth was built in 1581.
A Grade II listed building now operated by Wymering Manor Trust, much of the building is unchanged from its construction in the 16th century.
There is a great great hall, an attic, a basement and many bedrooms.
For many, the site will not seem scary. But over the years, many visitors have experienced paranormal encounters inside the building, which is said to house a number of legends.
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The most famous legend said to haunt the place is that of Reckless Roddy.
According to legend, in the Middle Ages a newly married couple came to Wymering Manor, but the bride was left alone after her husband was called. A man named Sir Roderick of Portchester, Reckless Roddy, apparently traveled to Wymering hoping to seduce the woman.
Luckily, the husband made it back in time, but Roddy was apparently killed while trying to ride a horse.
Over the years, many people have recorded footsteps on the horse while at home.
Jonathan Fost has been running ghost events from Wymering Manor for over ten years.
Although he was quick to dismiss the legend of Reckless Roddy, he said people regularly encounter paranormal activity at the scene.
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He said: “There are a lot of stories for which there is very little evidence.
“There are situations where people probably meet once a month in terms of activity [paranormal] which produces its own kind of urban myths.
“There is a story about Reckless Roddy, which is meant to be medieval in context, going back to when he rode from Portchester Castle.
“But there’s no story there, no relevance, no logical connection between the two buildings.
“We have this piece of history that everyone knows because it’s on Wikipedia that actually doesn’t make sense. One of the things that relates is the sound of hooves. Now some people have heard that , but pretty much every month it’s never encountered (…) it’s once in a lifetime that people report hearing horse hooves.”
More than 15 years ago, the site featured in Most Haunted Live, a spin-off of the paranormal reality television series Most Haunted in which the team visits the most haunted places in the UK.
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During the episode, medium David Wells felt the spirit of a man dressed in navy, a woman, nuns and other team members hear noises, collapse with headaches and feel pushed.
While working for Dark Encounters hosting events from the building, Jonathan himself also experienced out-of-the-ordinary activity.
He said: “I’ve probably been more than most people, but the amount of experience I’ve had is actually very limited.
“There was one time when we were resetting the Great Hall, moving a table from one of the front rooms into the Great Hall and for some reason I was whistling the final countdown. It was cold, it was starting to It’s the nigh.
“As I finished whistling the final countdown, we both heard someone finish whistling behind me, who came from inside the Great Hall.
“We were the only two people in the house, we did a quick search to make sure no one else was inside the building and couldn’t explain who had been whistling behind me.”
Guests of the building also regularly saw a face in the upstairs window according to Jonathan, who himself has previously been accused of poking fun at the window while on the ground floor at the time. .
He said: “I was doing my last swipe and lock process.
“As I was walking out, one of the actors said, ‘That’s really funny.’ I said, ‘what?’ he said ‘well, you go up to that top window and you look out’.
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“‘We saw your face at the window’
“We basically had to go and sweep the whole building in case anyone was still there.
“It’s one of the windows that people regularly say they see someone looking out of that window.”
On another occasion, Jonathan was setting up the Great Hall after a murder mystery and saw what he believed to be a person walking through a doorway.
He said: “As we were moving those seats I looked up and saw someone walking past a door. I said to the other two people we were with ‘Did you see that? and they didn’t.
“I ran into the room because I was worried that someone else had entered the building and there was no one in the room, and there was no way they could have. get out of the room.
“There was no way it could have been anything else. There were no objects, no change in light, it was afternoon and it was well lit. There was nothing that could have caught my attention in such a way as to think I was seeing something. The movement was final. Something was moving.
Dark Encounters hold regular events at Wymering Manor where you can experience the site firsthand. Below, HampshireLive takes you inside the building dubbed ‘the most haunted’ in Hampshire.
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