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Vaizey lists Beatrix Potter’s summer house

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The house which inspired Beatrix Potter’s children’s story books has been listed by architecture minister Ed Vaizey

The Lake District summer house used by Beatrix Potter has been Grade-II listed.

Completed in 1875, the house named ‘Lingholm’ was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who also worked on the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.

Architecture minister Ed Vaizey said: ‘Beatrix Potter’s tales are loved and cherished by people young and old around the world and ‘Lingholm’ as the inspiration for so many of these classic children’s stories deserves to be protected. But as well as its historical association the house itself is remarkable for the quality of its design and the fact much of the interior remains intact.’

Nick Bridgland, English Heritage designation team leader for the north added:

‘Lingholm is a splendid example of the work of renowned Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse. The quality of the building’s design, responding to its Lake District setting, its richly decorated interiors, as well as its intimate connection with one of England’s best known children’s authors mean it is absolutely right that ‘Lingholm’ should be recognised with listing at Grade II.’

The house and grounds of the house in Portinscale, Cumbria are said to have inspired stories including The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle and were the source of many of her illustrations.

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