Beatrix Potter window restored to former glory

beatrix potter window restored to former glory

The window features in the illustration in The Tale of Samuel Whiskers published in 1908

An 18th Century window at author Beatrix Potter’s Lake District cottage has been restored and returned to its original position.

The 250-year-old window, which features in illustrations in The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, is back on the landing at Hill Top House near Hawkshead.

The window, which has small leaded panes, is the oldest window in the writer’s home.

The restoration work was paid for by the National Trust, which manages the cottage and took two days to complete.

beatrix potter window restored to former glory

The 250-year-old window is back in place on the landing of the writer’s Lake District retreat

Laura Ruxton, general manager at the National Trust, said: “Thanks to generous donations from two of our supporters, it is a pleasure to have this window conserved and re-fitted.

“This contribution has ensured the future of this important window and protection of the fragile treasures inside Hill Top.

“A range of specialist crafts people were required and it was incredible to watch them use their skills in what was a challenging piece of work.”

beatrix potter window restored to former glory

The Hill Top House and gardens can be spotted in many of the illustrations of the writer’s books

Removing the fragile window for repairs took more than five hours.

A temporary window, made from polycarbonate, was placed in the gap to ensure the structure remained secure.

As well as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, the window can be spotted in the illustrations of The Tale of Tom Kitten published in 1907.

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