[Helen] Beatrix Potter, Mrs William Heelis (1866–1943). When she died in 1943, she left over 4,000 acres of land, 16 farms, cottages and herds of cattle and Herdwick sheep to the British National Trust. Hers was the largest gift at that time to the National Trust, and it enabled the preservation of the lands now included in the Lake District National Park and the continuation of fell farming. The central office of the National Trust in Swindon, England was named 'Heelis' in 2005 in her memory.
Emma Thompson Revives Anarchist 'Peter Rabbit'
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson via NCPR News from NPR: Not only an Oscar winning actress, Oscar winning writer Emma Thompson was invited to write a new Peter Rabbit book. "It wasn't a formal letter as such. It was a little box with two half-eaten radishes in it and a letter from Peter Rabbit... And that got past my defenses and my fear for long enough for me to say, 'OK, well, I'll have a go.' Listen to the delightful story : ) #Book #Peter_Rabbit #Emma_Thompson #NPR
Beatrix Potter as a child with her mother Helen. She was born on 28th July 1866 at No. 2, Bolton Gardens, Kensington, in London. The Potters were a typical Victorian family, living in a large house with servants. Beatrix was looked after by a nanny, spending most of her time in the big nursery at the top of the house and often only seeing her parents at bedtime.