Kensington Palace Graffiti – An obscene graffiti insult scrawled on a pillar more than a century ago has been uncovered during a Â£12million restoration of Kensington Palace.
Staff at the royal residence found the graffiti from 1902 in perfect condition several months ago. Written neatly in pencil on a timber post supporting the ceiling beside the palace’s front door and boxed in by wooden panelling were the words: “Peter Jackson, The Champion F****r” dated 1/2/1902.
Lee Prosser, Buildings Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces charity said a bottle of whisky was also found tucked in the panelling with a newspaper cutting pasted to the post that showed a group of old men sitting together. The inscription has been preserved and kept in storage.
Prosser told MailOnline, “We found it a couple of months ago. It was covered with boarding and when we took it off, there it was. Unfortunately we know nothing about who he (Peter Jackson) was. My feeling is that he was a carpenter.”
He added, “There are many instances of graffiti at the palaces, including some similarly rude and rather graphic Tudor etchings at Hampton Court Palace, as well as numerous more poignant messages carved into the stone walls by prisoners at the Tower of London.”
Mr Prosser had at first assumed that the scrawl had been the handiwork of Jackson himself but a further scrawl, which showed an arrow pointing to one of the men in the photograph in the newspaper with Peter Jackson’s name on it has led him to believe that it was penned by one of his workmates.
He said, “I was really surprised that people used words like that 100 years ago and then even went to write it down. We found it quite amusing.”
“The prop had to be removed and replaced, but it has been put into storage – I was quite keen to save it.”