Brambly Hedge is on the other side of the stream, across the field. If you can find it, and if you look very hard amongst the tangled roots and stems, you may even see a wisp of smoke from a small chimney, or through an open door, a steep flight of stairs deep within the trunk of a tree. For this is the home of the mice of Brambly Hedge. The mice of Brambly Hedge live together in a close-knit community making best use of what each season has to offer.
This adorable figure, named "Mrs Crusty Bread" was created by the Royal Doulton Company for the Brambly Hedge Collection based upon the story book characters of Jill Barklem. Mrs Crusty Bread attired in her apron and bakers cap has rolling pin in hand ready for her next baking project. Designed by Graham Tongue and issued between 1987 and 1994, she stands 3 1/4" in height. Marked on the base with the Royal Doulton logo and "Royal Doulton - Mrs Crusty Bread - D.B.H 15 - From The Brambly Hedge Gift Collection - 1987 Jill Barklem". There are no cracks or repairs, a tiny glaze flake at the edge of her dress in the back (See Photo). A difficult figurine to find from this series.