Local History: Britain’s Most Haunted House
Wymering Manor is a Grade II Listed Historic Building, one of the oldest Manor Estates in the country and the oldest existing house in Portsmouth – it has also been mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Although most of the current structure dates back to the 16th century, the manor goes back much further; its first recorded occupant was William Mauduit, who probably came across with the invasion of 1066 from his Normandy home.
The present manor house remained almost exclusively rural until the post WWII housing shortage demanded that the estate be built on, and would have looked entirely different to what’s it is today. There have been many and well-documented owners of the manor including kings, nobles, clerics, artists, and reportedly a large number of ghosts – making it haunted.
The manor passed into the ownership of Portsmouth City Council, who leased it to the Youth Hostel Association. In January 2013 the council officially handed Wymering Manor over to the Wymering Manor Trust and now a new chapter has now begun which will see the repair and conservation of the haunted building and its return to being a beacon for the Wymering community.