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Wednesday 6 February 2013

The Inspiration for Beatrix Potter's Squirrel Nutkin ?

Loving Memory of
Susannah Nutkins
who entered into Rest
Aug 3rd 1906
In her 90th Year
Tom William Nutkins
Grandson of the Above
who died June 26th 1906
Aged 14 Years
Also of
George Nutkins
who entered into Rest
December 24th 1915
In his 62nd Year
also Helen Nutkins
Born Feb 16 1877
Died Feb 12th 1959

Whilst visiting Brompton Cemetery our guide made a reference to the name of 'Nutkins' on this headstone, as the source of inspiration for the character of Squirrel Nutkin in the much loved Tales written by Beatrix Potter . Whom it was believed, had often walked through the cemetery and had been inspired by the name for the little squirrel in her books. As Brompton simply oozes squirrels, which are tame enough to take food from your hand, the story sounded a very likely one.

But like all good stories as this one is, 'The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin' was published in 1903 and the first of the 'Nutkins' family was not to be interred until 1906, some three years later.
So it seems unlikely, but it's a nice little Tale......

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