TOP can be found
in Near Sawery close to Hawkshead
and was purchased by Beatrix
Potter with the earnings from her first book, "The
Tale of Peter Rabbit" and also from a small legacy
The next eight years she tried to spend as much time
as possible at Hill Top a 17th-century farmhouse adding
her favorite items of furnishings and at the same time
gaining fresh ideas for many of her best loved children's
stories from the old farmhouse, the countryside, animals
and the various items that could be found.
The pictures she painted for the tales of Jemima Puddle
Duck, Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers all show pictures
of Hill Top and also her other classic tales also feature
paintings from Sawrey and the areas nearby.
Beatrix Potter married William Heelis in 1913 who was
a solicitor with offices in Hawkshead
moved into a cottage called Castle Cottage and Hill
Top then became her studio, study and a place to relax.
Known now as Mrs. Heelis woman farmer, she began to
devote more time to the sheep, farming and purchasing
more farms with most of the farms being close to Sawrey.
While doing this she was working closely with the National
Trust and Cannon H. Rawnsley a good friend whom
was one of the co. founders of the National Trust.
When Beatrix Potter died in 1943 leaving all her farms
to the Trust so that they could benefit the people from
around the world and also being preserved. Beatrix did
stipulate that Hill Top should never be lived in again
and that the house remained as it was along with the
furnishings being untouched as they had been during
Afterwards you can visit the shop to purchase or browse
the Beatrix Potter gifts that are available, take in
a meal or a drink at the Tower Bank Arms.
It is advisable to
contact Hill Top prior to your visit if there is something
specific you wish to see or any alterations have been
made to the Opening times and the attraction itself.Disclaimer
Further information and details on opening
times, costs and facilities please contact or
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