The House That Wouldn't Grow Up

by Protima Daryanani


 The house where famous author J.M. Barrie lived is on the left.

The house where famous author J.M. Barrie lived is on the left.

Back in London, I came upon the house of Scottish dramatist and novelist J.M. Barrie, who is best known for his creation of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up. The beautiful Victorian semi is next to Kensington Gardens, which inspired the playwright when he created Peter Pan, and where the famous statue of Peter Pan was erected in 1912. The charming house was built in 1820 and first inhabited by a gardener before Barrie and his wife, Mary Ansell, moved there in 1900. The house was later sold to sculptress Kathleen Bruce, the widow of Barrie’s friend and Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Scott. All in all, I'd say the house is looking pretty picturesque and you can just see some spring blossoms coming in.