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The House That JM Barrie Built

Members of a Dumfries based organisation, entitled The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, have launched a campaign to save a 183-year old historic house, which served as a vessel of inspiration for legendary author J. M. Barrie. The infamous author utilized the house as his muse, and wrote the prolific novel ‘Peter Pan’ – A story which focuses a boy that never wanted to relinquish his childhood. After having received, major star power support from actress Joanne Lumley, members of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, set on a mission, to contact Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, in a last ditch effort to save the iconic 183-year old house from extinction. It is reported that Loreburn Housing Association purchased the house (Moat Brae House) located in Dumfries in 2008 and declared its intention, in August 2009, to demolish the house, to develop more housing on the land. According to Luke Maloney, spokesperson for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust; “bulldozers were due to go in two weeks ago.” However, the group successfully managed to halt the demolition process.

It is the hope of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, to have agreement made, whereby, the ownership of the 19th century Georgian house can be transferred to the trust.

On a final note, fans across the globe are greatly aware of how much Michael loved the story Peter Pan and named his sprawling 2700 plus estate Neverland. Let’s hope that the wishes of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are granted to save this monumental house from extinction.

Reva Thomas – MJWN US Correspondent

Source: Inside Housing & MJWN

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