Event Location Fort Widley
Date and Time 12/05/2018 - 8pm until 2am
Event Address Portsdown Hill Rd, Portsmouth PO6 3LS
The impressive and imposing Fort Widley was built between 1861 and 1870 to defend against invasion, but do the spirits of those who reportedly haunt this atmospheric site still find protection within its walls?
Fort Widley, part of the group of Forts on Portsdown Hill named after the then Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, was constructed in response to the potential danger of attacks on the Portsmouth Dockyards by the French, either by sea or by land approaching from the north after landing along the coast. By the time this immensely expensive project was completed, the threat of attack had passed, armament design had improved and the site consequently became known as Palmerston's Follies.
The Fort, which is encircled by a dry moat, has a central parade ground and it is via a spiral staircase from here that access is gained to the amazing four underground tunnels leading to the gun batteries, barracks and vaulted main magazine which could house 2500 barrels of gun powder. It is within these intriguing tunnels that most of the reported paranormal activity has been experienced. Will our ghost hunt awaken the spirits and uncover the truth behind the hearing of whispered voices, or the throwing of stones by unseen forces, or will we hear the running steps of a young drummer boy said to have fallen to his death down the spiral staircase whilst being chased through the tunnels by an Officer seeking to administer punishment.
Soldiers of the Royal Artillery were barracked at Fort Widley between its initial decommissioning and 1939. The Fort then became a Royal Engineers? Bomb Disposal base and, during WW2, it was used to hold prisoners of war. Perhaps it is the ghost of one of these prisoners whose footsteps or knocking can be heard on the Fort Keep, or has a whistling former Sergeant Major come out of the Mess for a nightly stroll?
This amazing military site which has seen decades of history right through from the 1860s to its conversion to a control centre against nuclear attack up to the end of the Cold War, is a perfect location for our paranormal investigation. Join us on this ghost hunt and, as well as the fantastic views of Portsmouth and the surrounding area, perhaps we will also have the pleasure of seeing our torch lights being joined by the lanterns seen to be carried by the spirits which still inhabit this setting.
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