Merchistoun Hall
  • Merchistoun Hall

  • Event Date : Saturday, 19 November 2011
  • Start Time  : 11pm
  • End Time    : 5am
  • Address      : 106 Portsmouth Rd, Horndean Waterlooville PO8 9LJ

About this location

Much has been written about the history of Merchistoun Hall and this event gives us the opportunity to carry out a full investigation into the paranormal activity, which surely must exist in this fantastic location with its fascinating history dating back to the 1660s. Will we experience the vision of the grey hooded figure seen on many occasions and will other ghosts grace us with their presence ?

The story begins when John Franklin, whose family owned the site named Quallett’s Grove after yeoman Richard Quallett who bequeathed a still existing farmhouse and buildings, funded the construction of the current Hall in 1752. By 1805 John’s son Joseph had increased the size of the estate to 77 acres.

Our ghost hunt will explore the grandiose residence itself, with its large hall, kitchen and bedrooms, which, in the 19th Century were frequented by high ranking military officers. Do the ghosts of these former occupants still haunt the building ?

The amazing naval military history of this site is embodied by Sir Charles Napier, son of Lady Sarah, the great grand-daughter of King George 11, who purchased the house in 1836 and renamed it Merchistoun Hall after his Scottish ancestral family home. The highly decorated Sir Charles commanded regiments in the Peninsular War against Napoleon and, as Major General in the Indian Army, helped quell insurrection against the British Empire. The monument to this man, who suffered many injuries during service and became known to local residents towards the end of his life as an eccentric character wearing a farmer’s smock and carrying a monkey on his shoulder, lies in the churchyard in front of the ruined nave of the Royal Garrison Chapel in Portsmouth.

In WW11, a unit of the Royal Artillery was billeted in the Hall and grounds and the site was finally purchased by Horndean Community Association in the 1950s, using money donated by local residents.

With such an amazingly colourful history, just imagine having the opportunity to investigate paranormal activity and to hunt for the ghosts who reportedly still haunt this incredible location.

Merchistoun Hall is now a lively community centre. Join us as we invite into our Society the ghosts and spirits of its past into our present (or should that be our presence !)

Included on this event

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Use of Equipment