Caldecott 1861

Randolph Caldecott, Illustrator and Children`s Writer 1846-1886

Randolph Caldecott knew Hanmer well during his six years working at the Whitchurch branch of the Whitchurch & Ellesmere Bank from 1861. He was a welcome visitor at Brook House Farm, Hanmer, where he spent some very happy times.

When he published his first two illustrated books for children, he chose things he knew well. `The House that Jack Built` was about Brook House in Hanmer, and `John Gilpin` was about horse riding, which he had enjoyed so much around the area.

Brook House Farm, Hanmer 1920

Randolph Caldecott went on to transform the world of children`s books in the Victorian era. Children eagerly awaited the two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, which came out each Christmas for eight years.
Entered 22nd March 2015 last updated 18th October 2018 by Bill