Our History

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From spy mysteries, to ship building, to a busy and lively high street, the Sally Port Inn has seen it all...

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Stories from the Sally Port

A selection of stories from the long history of the inn...

A Spy Mystery

The Mystery of 'Buster' Crabb

In 1956 the inn came briefly into the international news spotlight when the disappearance of one of the guests, Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, led to a huge political row and one of the all-time great spy / mystery stories.

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The disappearance of one of the guests, Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, a huge political row and one of the all-time great spy / mystery stories...

Setting the scene

The Early Years of Portsmouth

In 1189 Richard I landed at Portsmouth and the strategical advantages of the island probably induced him to build a town there. Judging by the number of conveyances of houses in the town, by early in the thirteenth century it seems to have grown to a fair size...

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The Early Years of Portsmouth, the home of the current Sally Port Inn for nearly 100 years...

Setting the Scene

The Old Portsmouth High Street

Today the High Street is a fairly sedentary place largely residential in nature. In the mid 20th century, though, the son of a previous owner of the Sally Port Inn remembers it as fairly industrial with soot belching from the nearby ship building stations...

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The Sally Port Inn sits in the heart of Old Portsmouth High Street - 'the bustling hub of commercial and social activity'...