Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 11/13/2015

Photo taken on November 13, 2015

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White Nancy
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Greater Manchester
Kerridge Hill

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White Nancy above Cheshire

White Nancy above Cheshire
"White Nancy" is the name given to this Grade II Listed building on the top of Kerridge Hill above the mill village of Bollington in eastern Cheshire. Bollington village itself is out of shot immediately below the grassy edge and a mill chimney can just been seen. The flat land below it is partly Cheshire but also partly Greater Manchester, some of the buildings of which can be seen immediately to the left of the monument. The white buildings at the far left are the only remains of the old Woodford airfield, the hangars/erection sheds of which have now been totally demolished although the Vulcan aircraft (seen on a previous shot of mine from some months back) is still on site.

The "White Nancy" building is said to have been erected about 1817 as a memorial to the 1815 Battle of Waterloo. It was built as a summer house by a local family and once had door leading into a room which had seats round the side and a central table made from a single stone. Where does the name Nancy come from? Well, there are two local legends, one is that it was the name of one of the family's daughters whilst the other is that it was the name of the horse which pulled the stones to build it!

It has always been painted white (hence the White bit of the name) and was thus always visible from a large part of the flat lands below. Of course, it was always a target for local paint vandals and had to be repainted frequently. This time, however, it is the local council which is the culprit, not being able to leave well alone. Unsurprisingly it is, at present, not quite such a distant spectacle. I hope they soon return it to its rightful colour and it can once again be "White Nancy."