Denbigh Hall which inspired Beatrix Potter to celebrate anniversary

Published date: 20 January 2016 |
Published by: Amy Sargeson
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THE family of children’s book author Beatrix Potter will be celebrating in Denbigh this year.

Family and fans of the creator of Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddle-Duck will be commemorating the 150 years since her birth with a summer garden party at Gwaenynog Hall.

The author often visited the hall and it inspired many of her children’s stories.

The Royal Mint has also created a new 50 pence coin to celebrate the anniversary and her work as a talented writer and illustrator.

Janie Smith, resident at Gwaenynog Hall, said: “I am actually Beatrix Potter's great- great-niece.

“She used to come to the hall to see her relations. From 1895 to 1913, she would often pay visits to the family and loved to stay here.

According to Mrs Smith, the 18th century house is featured in many of Beatrix Potter's illustrations, including the tales of Mr McGregor and the bunnies.

She added: “Gwaenynog Hall was featured in a lot of her stories, the kitchen garden, or the walled garden as I like to call it, was the setting for The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies story.

“You can see the resemblance from the illustrations and pick out the features of Gwaenynog that she used.”

Rabbits similar to those in Potter’s stories still visit the grounds and the kitchen garden today.

In the illustrations of The Tale of Mr Tod, in the background Potter has drawn hills which Janie believes resemble those which can be seen from Gwaenynog Hall.

The building inspired the author to write a story about the attic, although this remained unfinished.

The 76-year-old tries to keep the property traditionally like the way it was when Potter would come to visit and is very pleased with everything being done to honour her great, great auntie this year.

“It's absolutely wonderful that the Royal Mint have released a new 50p coin to celebrate what would be her 150th birthday, I am absolutely delighted and the family are too.

“We will be having a celebration in the kitchen garden on her birthday, on the 28th of July, to celebrate this momentous occasion.”

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