Driving back in time: Peakland’s unique ‘Van Lady’

Jenny Bland

A Castleton woman brings the past to life for young and old across the county – thanks to her remarkable ‘History Van’. Rosie Gilligan reports.

JENNY BLAND greets me at the gate of her cottage, in the shadow of Peveril Castle, just a stone’s throw from Peak Cavern in Castleton. She has dressed for the occasion as a Victorian lady in a white blouse above a crisp, black taffeta skirt, together with an elegant black and charcoal fitted jacket. To complete her outfit, she sports a black poke bonnet decorated with artificial flowers. Jenny is taking me to see the History Van…

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