Potter by post
Letters written by Beatrix Potter, photographs and ephemera sold for a total of £5,400 at 1818 Auctioneers in Milnthorpe. The letters were signed ‘Beatrix Heelis’, the writer’s name after her marriage in 1913, and were sent from Castle Cottage, Sawrey - her martial home until she died.
Three letters were addressed respectively to spinsters Sissy Wilson, who taught at the village school, and her sister, Maggie, who owned the tearooms in the neighbouring village of Hawkshead, and were consigned by a direct descendant. Subjects included her views on the
Land Army and women’s wages and a description of a cake that the auctioneers said ‘could be straight out of a Great British Bake Off show’.
Most wanted lot included a letter to Beatrix about leaving her estates to the National Trust, and photographs of the author, notably one taken in her garden at Castle Cottage, which was used by
The Times newspaper in her obituary in December 1943.