Finding Neverland - SCENES FROM LIFE

"Learning to Fly," a sculpture by Cecil Thomas depicting the Peter-Pan characters Wendy Darling and her brothers, as they embark on an adventure. Located in Dunedin Botantical Garden, New Zealand. Photo by Mike O’kane; online via the Otago Sculpture Trust Website.


Let's take a virtual tour of some of the places where James Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family lived and played.

  • Kensington Gardens was also a beautiful place during Victorian times. 
  • The nearby Kensington Palace was home to Princess Diana and was the scene of massive bouquets of flowers following her death in 1997.
  • Round Pond, at Kensington Gardens, as it looks today compared with how it appeared during the 19th century.
  • A statue of Peter Pan now stands in Kensington. 
  • During her marriage to James Barrie, Mary Ansell Barrie purchased a country retreat known as Black Lake Cottage. It was located near Farnham, in Surrey, and the Llewelyn Davies children often visited. Peter is the subject of this photograph, taken there in 1901. 
  • Even though he was guardian of the Llewelyn Davies boys, Barrie did not actually live with them. He had a nearby London flat at Adelphi Terrace where his massive study overlooked the Thames River. 
  • Andrew Birkin, author of the brilliant book of primary sources on Barrie and Peter Pan, JM Barrie and the Lost Boys, has generously created a wonderful web site which includes many pictures of the famous writer, the boys, their parents, and the history of Peter Pan.

More than one hundred years after the play was first staged, none of the people responsible for its creation are still with us. How did they live out the rest of their lives? Did they have peaceful times—or—did more tragedies befall the Llewelyn Davies family?

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Nov 01, 2004

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