Country’s ‘most haunted’ manor fails to sell at auction

Wymering Manor failed to reach its reserve price at auction in London
Wymering Manor failed to reach its reserve price at auction in London

By Michael Powell
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A spooky manor house believed to be one of Britain’s most haunted properties failed to sell at auction yesterday.
Wymering Manor has been put up for sale by Portsmouth City Council.

It went under the hammer at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.

But bidders failed to reach the £400,000 reserve the city council put on the property.

Auctioneer Jeremy Lamb, of Andrews & Robertson, said: ‘It hasn’t sold under the hammer.

‘We had some bids but they didn’t meet the reserve. Around £400,000 was what they were looking for.’

The city council says it will now attempt to sell the property privately.

The Grade II* listed manor is thought to be the oldest house in Portsmouth and is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.

It has been used as a vicarage, monastery and home and its current structure dates back to the late 16th century.

Prospective buyers would need to spend at least £150,000 to restore the dilapidated property to its former glory after decades of neglect.

The building has seen much-documented spooky activity. Paranormal investigators claim to have sensed the presence of between 20 to 30 spirits in the home, including those of children laughing and whispering. Burly security guards have even refused to work alone at night there.

Portsmouth City Council first tried to sell the property in 2006 but could not find a buyer.

This saw the formation of Friends of Old Wymering – a campaign group that wants the manor to be renovated and brought back into use.

The group’s chairwoman Janet Hird said: ‘It’s a shame it didn’t sell. This increases the uncertainty about what’s going to happen with Wymering Manor. We were hoping a new owner would come in and we could discuss their plans for the building with them.

‘I think it’s obvious the council will continue to try and sell Wymering Manor – it costs them a lot of money every month and it’s probably cost them quite a lot to put it up for auction.

‘It’s disappointing for the council and for everyone in Portsmouth that this building hasn’t sold.’

Principal valuer at Portsmouth City Council, Jeff Hutchins, said: ‘Wymering Manor was not sold at auction as its reserve price was not met. We still hope to sell the property and will now speak to the underbidder and a number of other interested parties.’

Galleries of Justice Ghost hunt Saturday 22nd January 2011 with Dusk Till Dawn Events

Galleries Of Justice Nottingham Overnight Ghost Hunt

Galleries Of Justice Nottingham Overnight Ghost Hunt – Saturday 22nd January 2011

The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham which has recently been voted as having the most Poltergeist activity in the UK is a foreboding location and not one for the faint hearted you have been warned!

Once a courthouse and jail The Galleries of Justice has made its mark as a terrible place where Men Women and Children were punished for crime’s that by todays standards would be little thought of. Many a poor soul lost their lives here at this very Building by  terrible execution from the hang mans noose,so it should come as no surprise that this location is steeped in emotion and history full to the brim.

There is a vast amount of Ghostly phenomena here. This building is so haunted that the Galleries of justice’s Cleaning Staff will only work in pairs and never alone as in the reception area alone three Ghosts have been witnessed one being a soldier, a Victorian Gent and an old lady.
The Criminal Court Room here has a plethera of activity such as Spirit lights and shadows which have been seen regularly and knockings and raps are often heard in response to questions asked.

Down in the depths of The Galleries of Justice are the very haunted Pits, an area even the Galleries of Justice’s own day time Staff won’t go to!
Underneath the building lurk the pitch black eerie underground Caves where discarnate voices, moans and breathing sounds and lights are often seen and heard. Dark shadows and Poltergeist activity happens here often with small stones thrown and people have been known to be touched by a presence in the darkness.

This is a fantastic location and one that should not  be missed join Dusk Till Dawn Events for an entire nights investigation.
You will have full use of ghost hunting equipment during the Event and take part in Vigils and Psychic Experiments.
The Night will be hosted by experienced paranormal investigator(s)and Psychic/Clairvoyant medium(s) with the experience to place you in area’s that could encourage spectral activity!


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Jessica Gladwin From Dusk Till Dawn Events The Ghost Hunting Company & Medium Sue Treanor From Eveshams Spiritual Centre and Shop Spiritus

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Ghost Hunt Supper at Dudley Castle Friday 17th September 2010





The guests arrived at about 7pm and were guided up to the Queen Mary Suite, one of the Castle’s restaurants.

After their meal Michael and I did a mediumship demonstration for them, in which they were given personal messages. I read their auras and Michael did a psychometry demo (which means reading the energy from personal belongings).

After they had a ghost walk with the Castle’s caretaker for the evening, Alex, they had about half an hour to explore the castle for themselves and use some of the ghost hunting equipment provided by Dusk Till Dawn.

Then we got on to the real meat of the evening! The vigils !

I took the chequered room, Michael took the Zodiac room (both rooms in the Museum) as we had done a recci beforehand and decided these were the most active areas – and boy were we right!

In the Zodiac room, I had the guests form a circle and did a simple exercise to get the energy flowing. Then we started “calling out” – asking spirit to interact with us and maybe touch someone or show themselves. We didn’t have to wait long for the action to start!

Many people saw (or felt) the shadowy figure of a hooded man moving around the outside of the circle. The man to my left looked like he had a white, pointy beard – similar to those worn in the tudor period.  Then, in the passageway which lead out of the room, some of us saw a bright light – like a torch being switched on and then off again. This phenomena happened again a little later, but this time the light was not quite so bright – maybe the energy had been used up with the brightness of the previous light! In the centre of the circle, once again several people (including Andy, the sceptic in the group!) thought they saw a white, milky energy moving around in small circles, and twinkling lights also moving in the same direction.

In the Zodiac room, a monk was seen and a lady felt like she was being pushed down to her knees in front of him. Several people also felt the presence of an executioner-type figure and actually saw a black energy in front of their face – as if an axe was falling in front of them.

The final vigil took place in the undercroft of the castle, where we all definitely heard the voices of women and men outside and footsteps on the gravel – even though we were the only people in the castle and we were all in one room!

A couple of times during the night, people screamed in fear and we all felt our heartbeats racing away for a few moments!

I must point out that all these phenomena were investigated at the time, every hypothesis we could think of was examined, and we could not explain anything that I have mentioned in this blog – other than it may have been paranormal.

If you fancy doing an overnight investigation or a ghost hunt supper with Dusk till Dawn events, please log on to – the spirits will be waiting for you………….

Written By
Sue Treanor

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