Beatrix Potter's farm
Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in South Kensington, London. She lived
a lonely life at home, being educated by a governess and having little
contact with other people. She had many animals which she kept as pets,
studying them and making drawings - like the tulips and cornflowers
Beatrix was 16 the family first holidayed in the Lake District and
she fell in love with
the unspoilt beauty surrounding the holiday home.
Back in London Beatrix made greetings cards of her pictures, and started
a book. Eventually Frederick
Warne published 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' in 1902. Her third book,
'Squirrel Nutkin' had background views based on Derwentwater, Catbells
and the Newlands valley. Fawe Park featured in 'The Tale of Benjamin
Bunny'. She published 23 books.
In 1903 Beatrix bought a field in Near Sawrey, near where they had
holidayed that year. She now had an income from her books, Peter Rabbit
having now sold some 50000 copies. In 1905 she bought Hill Top, a little
farm in Sawrey, and for the next 8 years she busied herself writing
more books, and visiting her farm.
Beatrix Potter married William Heelis, a solicitor in Hawkshead, in
Then started the next stage in her life, being a Lakeland farmer,
which lasted for 30 years.
When she died on 22 December 1943, Beatrix Potter left fourteen farms
and 4000 acres of land to the National Trust, together with her flocks
of Herdwick sheep. The Trust now owns 91 hill farms, many of which have
a mainly Herdwick landlord's flock with a total holding of about 25000
Heritage sheep at