BEK, Beatrix and Peter Rabbit: an unlikely connection
BEK have recently been commissioned to carry out a preliminary risk assessment at a site located in Dinting Vale, Glossop. Following a background review of the site, it has become apparent that the site historically formed part of Dinting Vale, Printworks which was once the largest calico printworks in the world. The Printworks was owned by Mr Edmund Potter and his brother Rupert, the father of famous children’s author Beatrix Potter who often visited her father and uncle at the Print Works. According to a Peter Rabbit expert a young Beatrix used fabric samples from the mill to make outfits for her toys which became inspiration for her paintings and later her famous books.
On the technical aspects of the mill, Edmund Potter introduced cylindrical printing machines, rather than the old hand block method. With the tax on prints being repealed the Mill expanded rapidly and eventually extended to the premises at Dinting. Dinting Vale became a landmark with the Manchester to Sheffield railway crossing the Mill complex which also contained a number of reservoirs. A large viaduct, a characteristic feature of Glossop itself was also constructed close to the site in 1845