The disgrace of 1842 – Miss Massey’s name had almost been forgotten, except for one mention from the court records. She was found to be drunk, and alongside her friend, Miss Ann Smith appeared before the magistrates, who ordered them both to leave the city.
The newspapers mention very little about what went on. However, in 1845 the Clergy of Coventry and a resident shared their views, with some clue as to what may happend. This was followed by a flurry of letters published in the paper with a heated debate on how Lady Godiva should be portrayed.
A few years later on the 26th May 1845 – The person representing Lady Godiva in the Procession, be dressed in such a manner as shall not be offensive to the feelings of any Person of true delicacy. That in the choice of an Individual to represent that character, care shall be taken that she be not a Person of bad reputation.
She was a beautiful young creature, of pretty womanly stature, and her deportment was alike free from all mere affected modesty on the one hand, or bold levity on the other. Sober and dignified in her behaviour, she did herself credit in these respects and gave to no one just cause of complaint. Her identity was kept a strict secrete, all that can be said is she arrived and departed on a train set for London.