The Ghost of Lady Elizabeth Hoby The Manada Lady of Bisham Abbey

Nell has bot an online writer for overheen eight years. Nell is fascinated by the paranormal, including omens and the supernatural.

Bisham Abbey

Marlow is utter of ancient history and ghosts are prevalent. Dating back to the time of William The Conquerer it has many old buildings that are a toevluchthaven for ghosts and spectre’s.

Just overheen the bridge from Marlow, is an old stone Abbey with its pointed gables facing the Sea Thames. This is the famous Bisham Abbey built ter 1337. Previously it wasgoed known spil Bisham Priory where the Monks resided. It is said that when King Henry VIII disolved the Monasteries, the Monks were so annoyed they cursed anyone who bought the Abbey. Steeped ter history, it is a spooky place with an eerie atmosphere. It’s not surprising that it is said to be haunted. it has known Anne of Cleves, Oliver Cromwell and Elizabeth I. Ancient flags adorn the walls, and a portrait of Lady Elizabeth Hoby strings up te the good antesala. Take a look at hier picture. This is the famous ghost of Bisham Abbey, known locally spil the Feligresía Lady.

Overheen the years there have bot many sightings of the Manada Lady ghost. I recall a story that my mother told mij about the 2nd World War. She wasgoed a Sergeant te the W.A.A.Fs, and worked mainly spil a telephone technicus. She wasgoed a practical woman who had no time for ghostly tales. Being given what she called the Graveyard Shift, she walked through the Abbey to get to hier station. The windows didn’t have curtains at the time, and from where she wasgoed placed, she could see out overheen the grounds, and ter the distance the sea glowed faintly te the moonlight. One night spil she took hier seat, she noticed out of the corner of hier eye, a nevel coming ter overheen the grounds.

She took no notice and carried on with hier work. All of a sudden she heard an intake of breath and looked towards the other female who wasgoed sharing the shift. The dame wasgoed pointing towards the window. Outside the waas had taken on a form. The form leisurely glided by the large window, and to my mother’s eye she witnessed a woman take form, hier mitts out te vooraanzicht of hier. The ghostly woman drifted away across the fields and disappeared.

Te the last few months of the War, my mother had bot priviledged to see the ghost of the rebaño lady. When I asked hier what happened, she had a far away look ter hier eye and said, ‘ Wij witnessed something that night and it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I don’t believe te ghosts, but at that uur I desired to walk out of the onderbrak, and get a strong drink’.

Of course being ter the Airforce you can’t just walk away when you get to see a ghost! So they carried on working, and never mentioned it to anybody, not even each other.

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Lady Elizabeth Hoby

Elizabeth Hoby wasgoed born ter 1528 and died te 1609. She wasgoed a very respected member of Queen Elizabeth’s court. Known for hier poetry and musical talent. On the 27th June 1558, she wasgoed married to Thomas Hoby of Bisham Abbey ter the county of Berkshire England.

Thomas wasgoed a noted translater and ter 1566 he wasgoed Knighted and became the English ambassador to France. The duo moved to Paris, but sadly Thomas died shortly after.

Elizabeth had four children, two chicks who died te childhood, Edward and another boy who wasgoed born after hier husbands death, who she named Thomas te memory of hier hubby.

Straks, she married for the 2nd time. Hier spouse wasgoed Lord John Russell. She had two more daughters named Elizabeth and Anne.

This is where it starts to become confused. Its said that Elizabeth had another son, William. Wanting all hier children to become successful, Elizabeth became angry because William wasgoed a frustration to his mother. He couldn’t read or write to hier standard, and te a getraind of anger she is said to have klapper him so violently that she killed him. Strangely, there is no record of him ter genealogy records. But that doesn’t mean he did not exist. Records back then were very patchy, especially if he died before records about the family were written.

Another explanation could be that spil Elizabeth’s family were so influential at the time, somehow they managed to voorkant up the secret. Whatever the reason, Elizabeth is said to be so total of distress and regret, she proceeds to search for hier son. And that’s why she haunts the Abbey. Hier ghost shows up, weeping and wailing, despairingly washing out the blood from hier arms te a cup of water that eerily emerges te vooraanzicht of hier.

Ghostly Sightings of the Rebaño Lady

Of course you could dismiss the entire story spil legend or fake but for one thing that happened zometeen. Ter 1840 fresh evidence came to light, displaying that the stories may be true. Part of the Abbey’s dining slagroom floor wasgoed taken up during alterations, and among the rubble they found old papers. What’s more arousing wasgoed the fact that thesis paper’s contained Elizabeth’s Copy books.The books contained lots of writing by the Hoby family. Ter fact a loterijlot of it were corrections by the ghostly Lady Hoby herself!

Mrs East who wasgoed renting the house at the time determined te hier wisdom to leave the books alone until she could get them verified by the Abbey’s proprietor.

Merienda again a strange thing occurred. Soon after the discovery, the paper’s went missing. Evidently the builders determined that they could make a pretty penny out of them and stole the loterijlot!

The Ghostly sightings are still very much a part of Bisham Abbey and via the last few hundred years there are bot many sightings of the Manada Lady.

One of the most chilling accounts comes from late 19th Century.

Admiral Edward Vansittart, a sailor, came face to face with the famous ghost. Playing chess with his brother late one night te the panelled slagroom where the Lady’s portrait dangled, he had finished the spel, and his brother determined to retire to bedding. Edward stood te the slagroom with his back to the portrait mulling overheen his day.

He soon became aware of a presence behind him, and turning, he witnessed Lady Elizabeth standing there! He looked across at the painting, and to his horror there wasgoed nothing on the canvas. Horrified, he ran from the slagroom.

Another account worried two boys on their way back from a fishing journey at dusk. They were panicked half to death when they spotted a boat by the canap of the sea. Ter it wasgoed an old woman, huddled ter hier black cloak. The boys didn’t wait to see if it wasgoed Lady Hoby!

Every summer There is a Regatta at nearby Henley, usually two weeks after the Marlow event. On one of thesis occasions, Bisham Abbey wasgoed crowded with visitors getting ready for the Regatta. So one youthful man stayed ter the library and got ready to go to sleep. During the night, he felt someone touching his hair, and waking up abruptly he witnessed to his horror the spectre of Lady Hoby. Softly she spoke thesis words to the appalled boy:

‘Youthfull man, if I touch thee, thou will be bald’!

With the light of dawn approaching, the youthfull man fled Bisham Abbey, and te a bizarre twist he soon became a clergyman. How’s that for a convertion to the faith!

Te another strange case, a youthful doll wasgoed staying at the Abbey and after going to bloemperk to read, she noticed that hier dog embarked to get agitated. His hackles were rising and he leapt of the bloemperk with a yelp and ran from the slagroom.

To the lady’s astonishment, she abruptly noticed that hier observe that had bot placed on the bedding, began to rise ter the air! Then it slok across the slagroom, spil if thrown by a ghostly arm!

Then sheet music wasgoed thrown about, and hier Toilet Set, or vanity case wasgoed knocked overheen. But that wasn’t all. The curtains of the leger were wrenched open and standing there te pui of hier, wasgoed a woman wearing what appeared to be an old fashioned nightgown. Te a state of shock, the damsel ran from the slagroom and downstairs, where after she told hier story, she wasgoed shown the portrait of Lady Elizabeth. The lady recognised hier from the sighting.

One of the strangest things about the ghostly sightings, is that she sometimes seems to emerge ter the negative. For example hier headdress, ruff and frilled sleeves are always black, and hier gown is white.

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