3 Haunted Places in Weymouth
Stewart | On 01, Dec 2017
The Grade II* listed fort dates back to 1872 when it was first built to protect Portland and Weymouth harbours from coastal attack.
The fort was used during the Second World War but was abandoned in 1956.
It’s now in the hands of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and is maintained by Weymouth Civic Society who has opened it to the public as a museum.
Nothe Fort is reputed to be very haunted.
Visitors and members of staff have reported hearing an eerie whistling within the fort’s subterranean passageways.
Local legend says that in the Victorian times a gunner was tragically killed when a cannon he was helping to move, broke free from its rope and hit him.
It’s said that the soldier was an avid whistler and the eerie whistling heard within the fort today is in fact created by his ghost.
The fort is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a lady who the volunteers and staff members call ‘Madam’.
She’s been known to open doors and turn off CCTV cameras when she’s displeased with visitors to the fort.
In the 1980’s, when the fort was abandoned, a local teenage boy was exploring it one evening and just as it was getting dark he saw a tall figure of a black shadow standing on the edge of the parade ground.
The man-like shadow then moved across the parade ground, stopped, turned to look at the boy and then carried on moving across the ground eventually disappearing into one of the old store rooms.
Shell Store B9 is said to be haunted with visitors complaining of head and back aches and feeling a swaying motion when they enter it.
Batteries in electrical equipment are also known to suddenly discharge within the room.
And on one occasion a young two year old boy started to wave to an invisible man standing in the corner of the room!
You’ll find Brewers Quay situated on Hope Street.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the Victorian period.
It was originally the Devenish Brewery which was then converted into an indoor shopping complex which also housed heritage and science exhibits.
The complex was closed in 2010 and the building later housed an antiques emporium which also closed.
At the time of posting the building is awaiting redevelopment.
During the years when the building was used as a shopping complex it gained a reputation for being haunted.
The Village store was housed in the oldest part of the building.
Spooked members of staff would often find jars and other shop objects neatly stacked on the floor when they opened up in the mornings.
Goods would suddenly fall or fly off shelves by their own accord.
Shoppers and staff members would often see an apparition of a male figure standing in the shop or queueing up with customers waiting to pay for their items.
When staff at the craft store opened up in the mornings they would often find a book opened up on the floor with a doll mysteriously placed by it.
The book was always opened at a page with a dog on it!
Teddy bears would also be moved about and placed on certain shelves.
A female staff member once reported having her hair and face stroked by somebody invisible.
With another female staff member and sometimes female customers reporting having been tapped on their shoulder by somebody unseen.
Staff members working alone in the craft store would often hear somebody picking up things and putting them on shelves together with phantom whispering.
The store was said to be haunted by the spirits of a former cooper called Jack and a little blonde girl who the staff nicknamed Matilda.
Local legend says Matilda was the daughter of a former brewery manager who came to work with him one day and tragically fell into a vat of ale where she drowned.
The Timewalk attraction was said to be haunted by the ghost of a former brewery engine-house worker called Gabrielle who tragically died when he became entangled in a beam-engine’s machinery.
Visitors to the attraction also reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman wearing shabby clothing in the plague section of the Timewalk.
In the administration office staff members reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a tall slim woman carrying a tea tray along a corridor.
They described her as wearing Edwardian clothing consisting of a long straight skirt and a high-neck blouse.
The stockroom which was known as Hope was said to be haunted by a ghost that liked to move objects about and tug at the clothing of female staff members.
People visiting Newton’s Cove after sun down have reported seeing ghostly figures moving about the shingle beach.
At first the witness though that the figure were just local teenagers larking about but then they see the ghostly figures walk out to sea where they disappear into thin air.
During the Second World War locals witnessed the ghostly figures and actually thought they were German soldiers invading.
That’s until they too vanished into thin air!
The police were called and a search was mounted but nobody was ever found.
Local legend says that Newton’s Cove was a spot where a smuggler’s tunnel once exited.
So maybe the apparitions witnessed at night are in fact ghosts of former smugglers still participating in unlawful pursuits!
There’s an ice cream hut just by the footbridge which crosses Newton’s Road.
This area is said to be haunted by the ghost of a mistress of a seaman who was tragically lost at sea.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen standing on the shore looking out at sea for her beloved.
Alex Woodward (2011) Haunted Weymouth. The History Press