Beatrix Potters Lake District
Life and work of Beatrix Potter

The Potter FamilyBeatrix Potter was born on July 28th 1866 in London. A typical Victorian family, the Potters lived in a large house with several servants and Beatrix was educated at home under a sequence of governesses. Beatrix first visited the Lake District with her family in the summer of 1882 and she went on to spend many happy childhood holidays in the region. She and her brother Bertram explored the woods and fields, caught and tamed wild animals and sketched and painted all they saw. It was here that she became friendly with the local vicar, Canon Rawnsley, one of the founder members of the National Trust, who was to be a great influence and lifelong friend.

tales of peter rabbitBeatrix’s very first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co in 1902, costing just one shilling, and became one of the most famous books ever written. More than 40 million copies of this book have been sold worldwide in more than 35 languages. Two more books followed in 1903 – The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester and in 1905 with the money she made from her early books she made the Lake District her home and bought Hill Top Farm in the village of Near Sawrey.

hill topManaging Hill Top taught Beatrix much about farming and she began
to extend her property in the Lake District. A local solicitor William
Heelis advised her on her property dealings and was later to become
her husband. By the early 1930’s she had bought over 4000 acres of
farmland with the money she had made from her 23 tales, many of
which were inspired by and written in the Lake District.

beatrix potter with her dogMost of her later life was devoted entirely to farming, Herdwick sheep being her passion, and on her death in 1943 she bequeathed all the farmland to the National Trust so that it should remain undeveloped and unspoilt forever. The National Trust continues to upkeep this farmland and works in partnership with local farmers, maintaining the unique dry-stone walls and footpaths and protecting the Lake District that Beatrix Potter so loved as a living, working landscape.

hill top farm
Hill Top Farm - Beatrix Potter’s first house and the inspiration for many of her books including The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and The Tale of Tom Kitten.


beatrix potter gallery
Beatrix Potter Gallery - fascinating exhibition on the life of Beatrix Potter with original book illustrations from the Tale of Tom Kitten and information about her life. Home to an exhibition of "behind the scenes" materials from the film.

world of beatrix potter
The World of Beatrix Potter ™ Attraction – award-winning visitor attraction that brings to life
all 23 of Beatrix Potter’s tales in three dimensions.

For more information about the life and work of Beatrix Potter and her links with the
National Trust visit the National Trust website www.nationaltrust.org.uk

For more information about the Peter Rabbit book and merchandise collection and to buy
on-line visit the official Peter Rabbit website www.peterrabbit.com

For Hill Top and Beatrix Potter Gallery opening times click here

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