building from the early seventeen hundreds became Admiralty House
in the latter part of that century.
First Lord of the Admiralty at that time was the 4th Earl of Sandwich
and the ghost of his live-in mistress Martha Ray, (or Reay), assassinated
in 1779 by an enraged ex-lover as she emerged from the Covent Garden
Theatre, has haunted Admiralty House from that day on.
Her wandering wraith has been
seen over the years by many government officials, including at least
two Prime Ministers and various Cabinet Members.