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Beatrix Potter could feature on new £20 note

Two current £20 notes. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/PA Images

The Bank of England has finished its two-month consultation into who should appear on the new £20 notes - and a famous Cumbrian author is amongst the front-runners.

Beatrix Potter, who had holidays in the Lake District, and eventually bought a farm there, is known for her children's books, including "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".

Beatrix Potter. Credit: PA

More than 21,000 nominations have been sent in, with other suggestions including architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, painters John Constable and JMW Turner, fashion designer Alexander McQueen and sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

Nominees to replace economist Adam Smith on the £20 note must come from the world of the visual arts and no longer be alive.

A short-list of nominations will be drawn up before Bank of England Governor Mark Carney makes the final decision.

The new £20 note will go into circulation in 2020, and there's another Cumbrian connection, as a company in Wigton, Innovia, is at the heart of the manufacture of the new plastic notes.

Beatrix Potter's farming focus unveiled in letters

Three letters written by Beatrix Potter are to be auctioned off in the Lake District.

Collectors from around the world are expected to bid for the items, written shortly before her death in 1943.

They reveal the author's love of the area, and the difficulties facing hill farmers before the end of the Second World War.

Paul Crone went to Cockermouth to see the letters.


Beatrix Potter letters go under the hammer

Three letters written by Beatrix Potter are being auctioned in Cockermouth.

Four years ago a similar letter by the author of Peter Rabbit was sold for more than 4,000 pounds.

In these latest letters to a Lake District sheep farmer, words and pictures detail the harsh realities of farming the famous herdwick sheep.

They will be auctioned on March 20th.

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