Edward 'Ted' Allen (b.1907 d.1958) was a stone mason. He owned one of the
quarries on Windmill Lane. Although all the local history attributes the
making of the ball on top of White Nancy to one Tommy Cooper it was in
fact Ted who made it. Cooper was leader of Bollington Urban District
Council at the time, and told the members that he could make it. When he
tried to carve the new ball it cracked in half. Ted, who was a fine stone
mason, made a replacement, and Cooper took all the accolades!