In my last (note 213), I offered to my companions at the Tatler’s Waste-bin a list of all those landscapes of that fine man and lord-lieutenant of Huntingdon, Capability Brown, for which I had records of an active deer park.

It was a vain-glorious boast, yet the moon was rising over a peerless sky and the petals of spring were one by one unfolding to the virgin air. In short I schooled myself to welcome the limitless potentiality of life, and never to forget that crisp moment of ambition untrammelled, during the long night’s vigil ahead.

 

Here then, with the help of Shirley’s Deer Parks, is the bare skeleton of a list of deer parks created before Brown’s arrival at a site (Y), including those that may have been made while he was there (M), and a record from Shirley if they were deer parks still in 1887 (‘Y’ or ‘N’ if not mentioned by Shirley). The list requires much by way of completion and revision and includes sites where the attribution remains very uncertain, but it may be adequate for the conclusions that as a rule Brown’s deer parks pre-dated him, that he may have had little choice in dealing with them in those circumstances, and that on commissions aplenty, he had no deer to deal with at all.

 

Site County Deer_before_Brown Deer_by_1887
Allerton Yorks Y N
Althorp Northants 1512 Y
Ampthill Beds Y N
Appuldurcombe IOW M N
Ashburnham Place Sussex Y Y
Ashridge Herts Y Y
Audley End Essex Y Y
Aynho Northants Y Y
Badminton Gloucs Y Y
Blenheim Oxon 1708 Y
Bowood Wilts [1700] Y
Burghley Northants Y Y
Burton Sussex Y N
Burton Constable Yorks Y Y
Charlecote Warks Y Y
Chatsworth Derbys Y Y
Chilham Castle Kent 1616 Y
Chillington Staffs M N
Clandon Surrey 1531 N
Clumber Notts [1720]
Compton Verney Warks Y N
Compton Wynyates Warks Y N
Coombe Abbey Warks Y Y
Copt Hall Essex Y N
Corsham Court Wilts Y N
Cowdray Park Sussex 1533 Y
Ditchley Oxon M Y
Ditton Berks Y N
Doddington Cheshire M n
Fawsley Northants Y Y
Fisherwick Staffs 1735 N
Gatton Surrey 1449 N
Gayhurst Bucks Y N
Grimsthorpe Lincs Y Y
Halswell Som M
Heveningham Suffolk Y Y
Highclere Hants Y N
Himley Staffs 1735 N
Holkham Norfolk Y Y
Ickworth Suffolk Y Y
Ingestre Staffs M Y
Kimberley Norfolk Y Y
Knowsley Lancs Y Y
Langley Norfolk Y Y
Langley Park Bucks M N
Longleat Wilts Y Y
Luton Hoo Beds Y N
Melton Constable Norfolk M Y
Milton Abbey Dorset M N
Moccas Herefordshire Y Y
Moor Park Herts By 1765
Nuneham Courtenay Oxon 1779 Y
Oakley Shrops M N
Packington Warks Y Y
Patshull Staffs M Y
Paultons Hants Y N
Peper Harow Surrey M N
Petworth Sussex Y Y
Porter’s Park Herts Y N
Prior Park Som 1740
Radley Oxon Y N
Richmond Surrey Y Y
Rise Yorks Y Y
Rycote Oxon Y N
Scampston Yorks M
Sherborne Dorset Y Y
Shortgrove Essex 1835 Y
Sledmere Yorks M
Stansted Sussex 1686 Y
Stoke Park Bucks Y N;still in 1801
Stowe Bucks Y Y
Stratfieldsaye Hants Y N
Temple Newsam Yorks Y Y
Thame Oxon Y Y
Thoresby Notts M Y
Thorndon Essex Y Y
Tixall Staffs M N
Tottenham Wilts Y Y
Ugbrooke Devon M Y in 182
Uppark Sussex Y Y
Wakefield Lodge Northants Y N
Wallington Nbland 1758
Wardour Castle Wilts Y N
Warwick Warks Y
Wentworth Castle Yorks M Y
West Wycombe M in 1781
Weston Park Staffs M Y
Wilton Wilts Y Y
Wimpole Cambs Y Y
Wrest Beds Y Y