Beatrix Potter's bramley apple tree

Beatrix Potter in Hill Top porch, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter spent a lot of time in her garden at Hill Top, caring for trees, plants and animals. One of the things she loved most was her bramley apple tree.

In the heart of the sunny orchard at Beatrix Potter’s famous farmhouse Hill Top sits a Bramley apple tree, laden with fruit. 

A view over Hill Top in the 1940s, with the gate to the orchard in the bottom right
Hill Top view 1940s
A view over Hill Top in the 1940s, with the gate to the orchard in the bottom right

Beatrix bought Hill Top in 1905 with proceeds from The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and whilst the exact age of this tree is unknown, it’s estimated to be 100 years old so is likely to have been planted while she owned the farm (and potentially by Beatrix’s own hands!).

In 2008 the apple tree was propagated (a cutting taken and a clone made) by the Head Gardener at Acorn Bank, Chris Braithwaite, in case the original was ever lost, and this clone is now growing in the orchard near to its parent.

Beatrix also grew Keswick Codling apples, of which she was very proud. If you visit Hill Top, there are a variety of damson, Victoria plum, pear and other apple trees in the orchard which still bear fruit today.

Beatrix Potter's own photo of her Keswick Codlings
A photo Beatrix took of her Keswick Codlings
Beatrix Potter's own photo of her Keswick Codlings
Beatrix Potter's Bramley apple tree today
Beatrix Potter's Bramley apple tree today
Beatrix Potter's Bramley apple tree today