Friday, April 11, 2008

Peter Pan's Neverland is up for sale

Moat Brae in Dumfries which inspired Peter Pan. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2669109.stm)

In London, the house where JM Barrie is believed to have written Peter Pan is up for sale for £6.75m.

"The six-bedroom Victorian property in central London is opposite Kensington Gardens, where James Matthew Barrie met five boys who inspired his creation."

(Peter Pan house up for sale News guardian.co.uk Books, January 14, 2008.)


Meanwhile, in Dumfries in Scotland, the house and garden which helped to inspire Peter Pan is to be put up for sale.

It may not cost much more than £80,000.

(BBC NEWS Scotland South of Scotland Buyer sought for Peter ... /icDumfries - Moat Brae back on market )

Barrie used to play 'pirates' in the gardens of Moat Brae in Dumfries as a child.

Moat Brae, a grade B listed building, was previously sold at auction in November 2000 for £80,000.

Image:Michael Llewelyn Davies as Peter Pan.jpg

Moat Brae has lain empty for the past eight years and has been vandalised.

Windows, mirrors, baths, sinks, and a chandelier have been smashed.

Constable Iain Aird, of the notorious (Lockerbie investigation) Dumfries and Galloway police, said: "It seems that youngsters have been breaking in and hanging about in the property and over a few weeks the building has sustained a substantial amount of damage."

The damage began in November 2002 and by January 2003, £200,000 worth of damage had been done. Where were the police? (BBC NEWS Scotland Peter Pan house vandalised)


Barrie moved to Dumfries in 1873 at the age of 13.

Two of his friends lived at Moat Brae.

"Our escapades in a certain Dumfries garden which was an enchanted land to me was certainly the genesis of this work," he wrote, in 1904, about Peter Pan.

Dumfries is a poor, almost 'ThirdWorld' town. It needs world-class tourist attractions. And Peter Pan is known worldwide.

Perhaps the Scottish Government will buy Moat Brae and turn it into a major world-class tourist attraction, like the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal.

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