Anyway, as with so many things, it was ever thus! We’ve just come across a postcard written by a visitor to White Nancy in the early part of last century which comments on the graffiti, as well as a little piece of local folklore:
‘Climbed up to this landmark with instructor R. Ridings & Patrol Leader Tom Forster on Sunday 25 July 1915. Had to come down in the pouring rain. It is a stone edifice whitewashed inside & out, it had been newly done outside. Inside the walls are covered in names and initials almost to the apex. On the floor is a big round stone table whose supports are now broken & round the edge is a narrow stone form. It is said a prize is to be given to anyone who can get the table top out of the doorway & roll it down the hillside. It is far too big to get thro’ it is all in one piece about 9 ft across.’
Over the last few years, a tradition has arisen of painting White Nancy to mark national events. Remembrance day has been commemorated with a poppy and this summer saw a Jubilee crown and then Olympic rings emblazoned on the side. Previous (unauthorised) makeovers have included a Christmas pudding, Jimi Hendrix and – our own particular favourite – a penguin. The picture shows White Nancy earlier this year, decked out to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
|Thanks to Ray at www.derbyshireheritage.co.uk for the photo.|