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Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Henley on Thames


Although the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Henley on Thames dates from the 13th Century (with alterations and remodelling from the 15th and 19th Centuries), it is suspected the origins of the church may date back as far 1000AD. In his book ‘The Ghosts’ Who’s Who’ (1977), Jack Hallam states that Mary Blandy’s ghost has “meandered around, walking beside the river, in the graveyard, and standing under an old mulberry tree in the garden of the house where she lived”. Mary Blandy, the poisoner of Henley on Thames was executed for murdering her father on Monday 6 April 1752. She was buried in the early hours of the following day at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, between the graves of her parents. The burial service was conducted by Rev William Stockwood and the graves of the Blandy’s can no longer be traced after restoration work on the church.

I do not know of any witness accounts to support this haunting other than Hallam’s reference.


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