Pot­ter by post

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

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.

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