1870 Miss Rose Williams
20th June 1880
20th June 1880 – A lady by the name of Madame Stacey was secured through the usual agency from the Royal Academy to become Lady Godiva. However, for some reason, the committee was under the impression that Madame Stacey was unable to attend.
At short notice, the day before the procession, they engaged Miss Rose Williams from Birmingham to take the part of Godiva. Morning came, there stood Madame Stacey and Miss Rose Williams – two Lady Godivas and only one horse. ‘High Words’ were had. Miss Rose Willaims rode the horse, while Madame Stacey took the committee to court, and won £15 in damages.