SD3795 : Hill Top House and Garden

taken 10 years ago, near to Sawrey, Cumbria, England

Hill Top House and Garden
Hill Top House and Garden
In front of the house there is a good example of traditional cottage garden, containing a haphazard mix of mainly old-fashioned flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables (Mr McGregor's Garden?).
Hill Top

Hill Top is a 17th-century house in Near Sawrey. It is an example of Lakeland vernacular architecture with random stone walls and slate roof. Its claim to fame is that the house was once the home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter LinkExternal link .

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top Farm in 1905 with the royalties from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, written at her parents’ home in London, but inspired by her annual holiday visits to the Lake District. She wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this little 17th century stone house, using Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden.

Beatrix Potter actively supported the National Trust for much of her life and bequeathed Hill Top and her surrounding land to the Trust upon her death in 1943, with the proviso that it be kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china. Hill Top remains as it was then, and is now the most visited literary shrine in the Lake District. The house is open to visitors at advertised times (LinkExternal link National Trust Information for visitors).

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This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2014 Automatic Clusters: · Hill Top [50] · Garden at Hill Top [20] · McGregor's Garden [6] ·
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David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 25 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 2 June, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3700 9555 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.0946N 2:58.2469W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3701 9554
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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