Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter™ was an artist, storyteller and countrywoman… read more about the incredible life and work of Beatrix Potter™.

Beatrix Potter's Childhood

Beatrix Potter™ was born on July 28th, 1866 at No 2, Bolton Gardens, Kensington in London. A typical Victorian family, the Potters lived in a large house with several servants. 

Beatrix was cared for by a nurse, and she spent long hours alone, only seeing her parents at bedtime and on special occasions. 

Beatrix stayed at home under the care of a sequence of governesses who encouraged her to read and write and taught her music and art. 

The Countryside

Beatrix Potter™ discovered her love of nature on annual summer holidays in Scotland and the Lake District. She explored the woods and fields, caught and tamed wild animals, and sketched and painted all they saw. 

It was while staying near Windermere in the Lake District in 1882 that the Potters became friendly with the local vicar, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. 

Rawnsley was already concerned by the effects of industry and tourism on the natural beauty of the Lake District. He taught Beatrix the importance of preserving the countryside, a cause that was to remain close to her heart for the rest of her life. 

Secret Diary

When Beatrix was fifteen, she began to keep a journal written in a secret code of her own invention. Even Beatrix herself, when she read back over it in later life, found it difficult to understand. 

It was not until fifteen years after her death that the code was cracked. An abridged version of Beatrix Potter's diary can be bought in the bookshop at 

Friends of Peter Rabbit™ Club

The Friends of Peter Rabbit™ Club caters for Beatrix Potter™ fans from all walks of life, from first-book-age through to those who have made a lifetime’s study of Beatrix Potter’s wide-ranging works.

For further information about becoming a member please contact: 

Friends of Peter Rabbit™ Club
Brunthill Road, Kingstown
Carlisle, Cumbria
England, CA3 0EN.
Telephone: 01228 404363
Fax: 01228 404390

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