Mary Blandy is Henley-on-Thames' notorious murderess ghost whose dramatic past has led her to become an infamous spirit who haunts Henley's streets.
Mary was an aristocratic and well-to-do daughter of Francis Blandy, lawyer and Henley-on-Thames Town Clerk, who advertised a dowry of £10,000 for the man who married his daughter. The Honorable Captain William Henry Cranstoun presented himself to marry Mary and the two fell in love but a problem quickly rose between the two when it was revealed that Cranstoun was already married to an Anne Murray in Scotland. Francis Blandy quickly disapproved of the match and so Cranstoun asked Mary to give her father a ‘love potion’ to help him approve the match which was, in fact, arsenic.
When she realised what she had done, she ran across the bridge to seek refuge at the Little Angel Inn in Remenham but was arrested shortly after. She was hanged for murder in Oxford Castle and is now said to haunt the Little Angel, the Catherine Wheel in Henley and the Kenton Theatre.