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Culture In The Lake District - Home Of Wordsworth And Beatrix Potter

Date: 23rd September 2011
Filed under: Things To Do
Tagged: beatrix potter, bowness, grasmere, windermere, wordsworth

The Lake District in Cumbria has always attracted writers and artists. If you are interested in culture in the Lake District, the former homes of some of the writers who lived here are open to visitors. The beautiful landscape with its lakes and hills has inspired many popular poets, artists and writers, including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

William Wordsworth

The Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote much of his best poetry while living in the Dove Cottage in Grasmere. His home also attracted many other artists in the early 19th century. Wordsworth was born in the northern part of the lakes area in the town of Cockermouth, and lived most of his life in Rydal and Grasmere. He is buried in the Grasmere churchyard together with his family. The region also features in his poetry, including the famous Home at Grasmere.

If you would like to find out more about the famous poet, the Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery give visitors insights into the poet’s way of working and to the sources of his inspiration. Both are located on the main road between Kendal and Keswick.

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Botter (1866-1943) was born in London but spent many summers in the Lake District. This inspired in her a love for the countryside, and during her childhood visits to the area she started to make her first animal drawings. As the family came back to the Lake District over several years, Potter would make sketches of the landscapes and the animals. These sketches eventually became her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Later Potter bought Hill Top, a farm in Sawrey, where she would come to for visits from London. Hill Top gave her many ideas for her following books and a part of Hill Top is today her personal museum. Potter eventually also bought the Castle Cottage, a bigger property near Hill Top, and continued to purchase farms and land around the region.

Today the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Windermere is one of the most popular centres of arts and culture in the Lake District. It attracts both children and adults with its indoor recreation of many of Potter’s most loved tales, including Peter Rabbit. The exhibition is open to visitors in all age groups and is a great place to learn more about the life of one of Britain’ most loved artists.