A famous tailor in GloucesterDecember 14, 2018
There are many reasons to want to visit Gloucester and even more reasons to look for Gloucester houses for sale like the ones available from tgres.co.uk/for-sale/houses/gloucester/ with so much to see and do in and around the area including many places of interest such as the Cathedral. Just a short walk from the main Cathedral entrance down a beautiful little alley way you will stumble across the Tailor of Gloucester and Beatrix Potter Museum. This quaint little building is home to a museum about Beatrix Potter and is also a shop selling all sorts of items. It is the same shop the she visited back in 1894 whilst she was staying within her cousin in Harescombe Grange and the two of the visited this little tailor’s shop. Potter was so taken with the place that she spent a short while sketching the building and thus the inspiration for her story began. However, it was not until 1901 that a first copy of this story was committed to paper and it was in 1903 that is was published by Frederick Warne. Beatrix Potter was a very interesting lady and the characters that she created are still enjoyed by many young children today.
Here are some facts that you may not know about this author and illustrator:
- She was born to a very wealthy family on 28t July 1866 in the South Kensington area of London. Both her and her brother had many different pets when they were growing up including rabbits, mice and even a hedgehog. These pets more than likely gave Potter inspiration for her stories.
- From a very young age Potter was interested in nature and she often kept a dairy of all the things that she came across along with detailed drawings. As well as being a keen botanist she also collected and drew fossils.
- Potter herself was a keen reader and she noted that she was inspired by writers such as Chares Kingsley, Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.
- Overall Beatrix Potter wrote a total of 23 books in her Tale of series and her Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in braille in 1921.
- Realising the popularity of her books Beatrix designed a Peter Rabbit doll and also allowed a variety of other items to be created using the characters from her books. She was a very competent business woman.
- After the success of her books Beatrix Poter bought Hip Top Farm in the Lake District in 1905 where she then met and married William Heelis in 1913