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Nancy voted most loved local landmark! Macclesfield Borough Council ran an internet Pride of Place vote to find out which was the most loved local landmark and, no surprise to Bollingtonians, our very own White Nancy won by a mile with almost 25% of the votes cast. Macclesfield Forest came second with Tatton Hall third. See full report.
c.18 foot high Grade
II listed landmark standing on the
top of Kerridge Hill overlooking Bollington is visible
for miles around. Its image provides the logo (top left)
for the town of Bollington. The small rectangle represents
the door that used to provide entry.
White Nancy was actually built as a summer house by
the Gaskell family, who lived below the hill at Ingersley
Hall, in about 1815. It is stone built with external
rendering and regularly painted white in order to maintain
its visibility. It is thought that it may have been built
at that time to commemorate the battle of Waterloo. Internally
there is a seat all round the wall with a large table
in the centre. The table is circular, cut from a single
piece of stone.
It is believed to have been constructed by a man named Dod who is supposed to have celebrated his work by enjoying a tot of brandy and then reciting a jingle:
Here's to the mountain of Nancy
That's built upon Ingersley Hill
Here's good health, wealth and fancy
And give Dod another gill!
the 1980s, at Christmas,
Nancy was painted in artistic form such as a Father Christmas
or Plum Pudding! In more recent years it has suffered
at the hands of vandals with graffiti and on one occasion
it was painted overall in pink! In May 2009 it has been
repainted in time for the Festival with a fresh coat
of white and, for the first time in many years,
with a black top. This colour certainly aids ones view
of the whole monument on cloudy days.
In 1919 James Shepley Chatterton wrote a delightful poem
about White Nancy.
White Nancy was beautifully decorated in the appropriate
insignia for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June
2012. The artwork was carefully painted by volunteers
Carol & Philip Barnes with the assistance of
their daughter Shona and her boyfriend Ben Taylor
on the commission of Bollington Town Council. Carol
was a member of the BTC Jubilee Committee who organised
the events held over that memorably wet Jubilee
Pictured (right) in soft evening sunlight.
Picture by Peter Etherington*
See the historic picture from the Bollington Civic Society archive.
As to the origin of the name 'White Nancy', there are several theories but none has any firm evidence to support it. It may have been named after one of the Gaskell daughters, Nancy. Then again, maybe after the horse that is said to have hauled the table top up the hill. Take your pick!
The Gaskell family are said to have left an endowment for the annual maintenance of our Nancy - the princely sum of 2/6 per annum; that's 2 shillings and 6 pence or half a crown in old money and 12½p in decimal currency!
* Peter Etherington is one of many prolific and skilful artists who live in and around Bollington. See his page which shows several of his delightful pictures.
Ridge and Ingersley Vale Countryside & Heritage
carried out over five years to 2010. The objective
was to preserve and develop those aspects of the area
that are most enjoyed by the local population. A major
item was the construction of the new woodland path
to the top of the hill, see next item ...
The KRIV work party continue to meet each
Friday to maintain the hill in the condition it was raised
to by the project.
Woodland path up Kerridge
The volunteers working on the KRIV
project have built a new path up Kerridge Hill.
It begins on the middle road about 10m downhill
from the cattle grid at the bottom of the stone
steps. This new path finds its way up the hill
through the woods with short lengths of steps and
intervening paths. There are a couple of places
to rest on stone benches, both providing excellent
views out through the trees.
Interpretation boards are provided to give walkers
information on the trees to be seen along the path.
path up the north face of Kerridge Hill has always been
steep and is often difficult especially in wet or frozen
weather. In order to improve accessibility the Town Council
decided that a proper path should be constructed from the
private roadway that crosses the north face of the hill
to the top. This project became known as the Kerridge Steps.
Experts were sought from Cumbria where they have considerable
experience in building paths and steps on hillsides. The
type of construction recommended was a pitched stone path.
This is where blocks of stone are settled into the ground
edge on. The idea is to reduce to a minimum the possibility
of the stones tilting and becoming dislodged. With careful
construction this technique provides a high level of grip
to the feet with very little opportunity to slip and a
progression of steps at alternate angles across the path
so making it reasonably easy for walkers with different
stride lengths to progress up or down the hill in a comfortable
Some walkers have found the path difficult but it should
be appreciated that the climb and descent is about 300
feet of continuous steps - human legs are not immediately
capable of surmounting this many steps in one go! Especially
coming down them! Take it carefully. You might find it
easier to take the woodland path (described above) where
the steps are wider spaced and interspersed with lengths
of near level path.
beautiful mosaic has been created by Luis Laso Casas - http://www.mosaicoslapasera.com,
Asturias, Spain who has never been to Bollington to look
at the real Nancy! It was inspired by a black & white
winter photograph taken by Bollington photographer Katherine
Lewis and the mosaic was commissioned by a Bollington resident. The
story of the mosaic can be found here. Email
Picture by kind permission of Luis Laso
Kerridge Hill is renowned for its fabulous views. Whether
it be the nearby hills to the east, the Cheshire plain
to the west or Bollington laid out beneath you, there is
so much to see from up here. We have two beautiful pictures
taken by local photographer Roger Fielding. These panoramic
views are in separate pages because they are on the large
side, around 200k each.
300° view from White Nancy (wider
150° view of the town from
White Nancy (narrower
300° view from The
the middle of Kerridge Hill)
The following pictures were taken by local photographer
Peter Neville using a camera suspended from a kite!
360 aerial view of and around Nancy (brilliant!)
After clicking this link, for a full screen image click on 'Full screen'
in the left hand menu then click 'White Nancy'. Click on the picture and
move the mouse to change the viewing direction.
of St George Taken
during the World Cup 2010
lapse mist video from Big Low 3.5
hours in 1 minute on a misty morn
Views of White Nancy are available on the Wallpaper