Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in Portsmouth

White Swan

26 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Edward 3rd used the insignia of the white swan on his tunic when entering a tournament at Canterbury in the 1370s, with many pubs called themselves ‘White Swan’ after that event. A woman was employed at this White Swan in the 1880s as a barmaid, with while her sailor husband was away, she frolicked with other men. He returned to discover her infidelities, with slit her throat before making his escape. She now appears in a pure white dress, floating past the fireplace. The Theatre Royal, nearby, exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include the ghosts of an assistant manager who shot himself in 1923 over financial problems; an actor, who cut his throat in 1880 and another man, six feet two inches tall, very thin, wearing a long cloak and a wide brimmed, flat hat.