The Wind in the Willows


Mapledurham House in Oxfordshire was an inspiration for Toad Hall.,[12] although, Hardwick House also makes this claim.[13]

The village of Lerryn, Cornwall claims to being the setting for the book.[14]

Simon Winchester suggested that the character of Ratty was based on Frederick Furnivall, a keen oarsman and acquaintance of Kenneth Grahame.[15]

The Scotsman[16] and Oban Times[17] suggested The Wind in the Willows  was inspired by the Crinan Canal because Grahame spent some of his childhood in Ardrishaig.

There is a theory that the idea for the story arose when its author saw a water vole beside the River Pang in Berkshire, southern England. A 29 hectare extension to the nature reserve at Moor Copse, near Tidmarsh Berkshire, was acquired in January 2007 by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.[18]

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