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House of the Tailor of Gloucester

To illustrate her famous children's story, Beatrix Potter sketched this house and shop beside St Michael's Gate, in College court.

It is now a museum and shop dedicated to the world of the great storyteller – not to be missed by potter fans young and old.

John Prichard, the real "Tailor of Gloucester", had this shop at 45 Westgate Street. Before closing for the weekend, he had cut out cloth for a fancy waistcoat ordered by the Mayor of Gloucester for a civic function. On the following Monday morning he found the garment miraculously finished save for one buttonhole with a note reading, "no more twist". Prichard shrewdly advertised himself as ‘the tailor whose waistcoats are made at night by the fairies’.

The truth was a couple of his workmen, unable to return home after a drinking spree on the Saturday night, decided to sleep off their excesses in the workroom of the shop. They then decided to pass the time by finishing the waistcoat.

Useful Information

Telephone: 01452 422 856


Additional Information

The Shop & Museum:
Mon – Sat:     10am – 5pm
Sun:                12pm - 5pm   
Free entry to both the Shop & Museum.