......stories that endure......


Beatrix Potter catalogue

updated 28th June 2018


Beatrix Potter's farm
Hill Top

Beatrix 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 seen above.
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 1913.
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 sheep.

Heritage sheep at
Hill Top



a map of Near Sawrey which appears in the books

The Cottage Mysteries of Beatrix Potter
written by Susan Wittig Albert, published 2004 to 2009 by Berkley Prime Crime USA. All are hardbacks with djs in very good condition, Cuckoo Brow Wood and Hawthorn House are lightly-used ex-library and have removable plastic over the djs.

#1 The Tale of Hill Top Farm
#2 The Tale of Holly How
#3 The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood
#4 The Tale of Briar Bank
#5 The Tale of Hawthorn House

This is a fantastic series - who better than Beatrix Potter with her keen interest in her neighbours and her eye for human frailty to be a detective. The stories relate closely to the facts known about Beatrix Potter's life and take place in the Lakes District of England where she really did live and owned Hill Top Farm. They count as 'cozy mysteries': the crime is off-stage and the focus is on people in a small community and Miss Potter's animals. GORGEOUS!

Cottage series $50 for 5; postage within Australia is $13.80


Peter Rabbit and Some Radishes
a ceramic figurine by Border Fine Arts Studio in their Beatrix Potter Classics series and bought by me at Sawrey.
In as new condition, 15cm from robin's beak to base, includes box.
Peter figurine $20 + postage of $8.25