It would seem that the sightings of Grey Ladies are
usually witnessed in older houses and always seem to be linked with a sad and
tragic tale of centuries ago.
The most famous in Gloucestershire is the Grey Lady who
floats above the fast running waters of the River Thames at the village of Kempsford.
To some of the villagers there, she is very real. She has become some sort of
semi resident and is said to be Lady Maud Plantagenet and her identity is connected
to Kempsford, that there is even a Lady Mauds Walk.
Whenever she appears in her long flowing gowns, legend has
it that she is looking for her brother Henry, who was drowned there. Many
villagers will not talk about their famous lady, but one told me a different
story, “ I do not think she haunts the river at all, but prefer to believe the
story that she haunts her walk,” he said.
A former clergyman at Kempsford,
the Reverend A B Minor, called her the lady of the mist because she appeared
only when it was foggy. The then vicar, Reverend David Watson, whose garden
adjoins the river, says he has never seen Lady Maud, “But that certainly does
not mean that she does not exist,” he said. “The story has been told so often
she certainly seems credible.”