Beatrix Potter history returns to Lake District luxury hotel.
We have had an exciting few days at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel as two grandchildren of Annie Moore (nee Carter) who was the last of Beatrix Potter’s governesses and their husband and wife stayed for three nights enjoying the wonderful surroundings of the home once owned by Beatrix Potter.
Pictured above Richard (Annie Carter’s grandson), Michael (Carolyn’s Husband), 艾莉森 (Lindeth Howe General Manager) Carolyn (Annie Carter’s granddaughter), June (Richard’s Wife) in the Sitting Room at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness on Windermere.
在 1883 Annie Carter (年龄 19) was engaged as governess and companion for 16yr old Beatrix, to teach Beatrix German. Miss Carter was a revelation to Beatrix, she was similar in age but Annie Carter had far more life experience, after all she had lived in Germany as a student and had already been earning her own money before she was employed by the Potter family.
在 1885, Annie Carter left her employment to marry Edwin Moore. When Miss Carter left, Beatrix wrote in her journal “I have liked my last governess best on the whole – Miss Carter had her faults, and was one of the youngest people I have ever seen, but she was very good tempered and intelligent.”
Two years later Annie gave birth to Noel Moore on Christmas Eve, the first child of their 8 children. Beatrix and Annie remained close friends, so much so Beatrix sent picture letters to her children and this is where her famous stories began.
Annie’s husband Edwin Moore was a self-taught civil engineer and his job took him away from home for long periods, so the ever growing Moore family was no easy task for Annie who took on the full responsibility of all her children. By the time Noel was four, he already had a brother Eric and two sisters Marjorie and Winifred (Freda). A further four girls would complete the eight children Norah (Bardy), Joan, Hilda and Beatrix.
Beatrix knew of Annie’s children from birth and followed with interest their progress. When they were ill or when Beatrix was away from London she sent them letters full of accounts of what she had been doing, usually illustrated by quick pen sketches and when she didn’t have any news to report she sent them stories by letters.
In September 1893, at 5 years old Noel Moore contracted chickenpox and Beatrix Potter sent him a story of her pet rabbit, Peter. A day after she sent the letter to Noel, Beatrix sent a picture letter to his brother Edwin Moore which was about a ‘frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher’ in the same month.
Beatrix tells story of Squirrel Nutkin in picture letter to eight-year-old Norah Moore in September 1901. It was Annie who later suggested to Beatrix that perhaps her letters might make good books.
Beatrix had no children of her own, she was forty seven when she married William Heelis, but she dedicated fourteen of her books to children.
Carolyn Handcock and Richard Thwaites the two grandchildren who stayed at Lindeth Howe this weekend visited Hilltop and they found two miniature pictures in the doll’s house. One of the pictures were of Hilda their mother and the other was of their Auntie Beatrix. The pictures were painted in miniature by Rosie Carter, Annie Carter’s older sister. Amazingly enough they didn’t know how Beatrix Potter had gained them. Beatrix Potter had purchased the doll’s house from Rebecca Owen, an American eccentric whose passion was Mussolini. Rebecca lived near to Beatrix until she decided to sell up and follow Mussolini to Italy and this is when Beatrix bought the doll’s house which is situated in Hilltop today.
Hilda miniature from the doll’s house at Hill Top Cottage.
Beatrix miniature from the doll’s house at Hill top Cottage.
One of the pictures were of Hilda their mother and the other was of their Auntie Beatrix. The pictures were painted in miniature by Rosie Carter, Annie Carter’s older sister. Amazingly enough they didn’t know how Beatrix Potter had gained them. It is still a bit of a mystery as to how the miniatures got into the doll’s house at Hill Top, but at least we can now attribute them to Rosie Carter as they are all initialled in red “ R.C.” I understand that since their stay here Carolyn and her husband Michael have heard from Sven Hammerling (Beatrix’s son ) that he believes they were specifically painted for the Beatrix Potter Doll’s house.
Rosie Carter was a miniature artist and Carolyn has one of her Auntie’s miniature paintings below of her mother Hilda.
This is a miniature which Carolyn and Michael have at home of Hilda Thwaites (Nee Moore ) painted by Rose Carter. Her initials can just be seen “R C “ in red, bottom left hand side of picture.
Michael (Carolyn’s Husband) Carolyn, Richard, June (Richard’s Wife) at Hill Top
Carolyn and her brother Richard (Grandchildren of Annie Moore)
The clock above was given to Carolyn by Marjorie Moore who said that she had received it from her Mother;( Annie Moore (nee Carter), which had been a wedding present from Beatrix and family to Annie Carter when she married Edwin Moore.
Above is Annie Moore in her later years at home and you may see above her is a picture of the Lake District.
Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated two of her books at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel. She wrote Timmy Tiptoes in 1911 and Pigling Bland in 1913. It is remarkable that her grandchildren whilst staying here remember their Aunts and Uncles allowing them to play with miniature books in a very small bag which was from Beatrix Potter and also what they assumed was used when she illustrated ………………….
It is an honour and a privilege to work at such a lovely luxury hotel in Bowness on Windermere which is steeped in history. We have a strong connection with Beatrix Potter and the history that surrounds her. We find it amazing when you meet family members who are able to piece information together which answers lots of questions either here at Lindeth Howe or the national trust properties which our guests visit to follow in the footsteps of their relatives.
May I thank Mr & Mrs Handcock and Mr & Mrs Thwaites for their time and historical information given to me whilst staying at Lindeth Howe this weekend and sending me a copy of their pictures. I would also like to thank Hilltop Farm and the National Trust
You can follow in the footsteps of the grandchildren of Annie Carter or enjoy a Beatrix Potter experience by booking direct on 015394 45759 or online.
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