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Boating lake inspired by Peter Pan that boasts real-life Wendy's House is given ... trends now
Boating lake inspired by Peter Pan that boasts real-life Wendy's House is given ... trends now

Boating lake inspired by Peter Pan that boasts real-life Wendy's House is given ... trends now

Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie inherited estate in what is now Thorpeness, Suffolk Boating lake - called Thorpeness Meare - became the focal point of the village 

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A boating lake inspired by Peter Pan that was dreamt up by a wealthy friend of the character's creator has been given listed status.

Scottish playwright and barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie inherited an estate in what is now the Suffolk village of Thorpeness in 1908 and decided to develop it as a holiday village.

His idea was that a boating lake – Thorpeness Meare – would be the focal point of the village.

Some of the artificial islands in the lake have jetties for mooring on them, and there are small buildings – including Wendy's House from Peter Pan, which was written by Ogilvie's friend, JM Barrie.

There is also a model crocodile on the grass by the shore, and an area named on a concept map of the Meare as the 'Pirates' Lair'.

A boating lake inspired by Peter Pan that was dreamt up by a wealthy friend of the character's creator has been given listed status

A boating lake inspired by Peter Pan that was dreamt up by a wealthy friend of the character's creator has been given listed status

Scottish playwright and barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie (above) inherited an estate in what is now the Suffolk village of Thorpeness in 1908 and decided to develop it as a holiday village

Peter Pan author JM Barrie

Scottish playwright and barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie (left) inherited an estate in what is now the Suffolk village of Thorpeness in 1908 and decided to develop it as a holiday village. Right: Peter Pan author JM Barrie

A two-year volunteer research project, made possible by a grant from Historic England, described Thorpeness as 'Britain's oldest theme park'.

The boating lake has been given Grade II listed status by Historic England.  

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