The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

300 Frequently Asked Questions about Capability Brown, and a further 200 about Humphry Repton

Category: Buildings (Page 1 of 6)

1835: was William Cowper an influence?

Oofy here: Editorial: Cowper. Deal with it.

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1825: Pleasure grounds?

Oofy here: Editorial: Tell me if it’s the same for you: when I hear a fellow speaking. What they say makes perfect sense. Beautifully expressed. A treat. When I think of saying anything m’self, I get plenty of phrases alright. Jumbled up though. Can’t work out which comes first.

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1824: Why there?

‘If the Bathing House at Norris Castle is in his character and style, we might then ask what Humphry Repton might have made of its location and the location of the other buildings on the estate.

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1823: Setting?

‘If the location of Norris Castle was not chosen by Humphry Repton, then we should not abjure the evidence for settings that he provided for other buildings in the late 18th century.’

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1822: What about Gothic?

A gloss from the Type-Setter: those to whom I am a stranger, and there will be many, may not know that I have a fear of flies, and hence a great aversion to the outside. It is to this trait – a craven giving way to a childish fear – I will admit as much  – that our Editor alluded in note 1821. There is an irresistible allure in the editorial role that I have undertaken. It brings Humphry Repton’s  landscapes to life through the medium of his sketches, without the trouble of seeing them for themselves, or exposing myself to the open air.

The Professor produces his notes of on the Gothic (he prefers ‘Sondergothik’ – that late form of Gothic peculiar to Central Europe which speaks to the romantic, fantastical and sometimes overwrought soul of the Czech nationalist),

‘Humphry Repton was perfectly happy to work with the inspired idiosyncracies of Gothic design that James Wyatt provided for Norris Castle.

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1821: Did Repton like baths?

‘I have now written all I propose (see note 1819) by way of introduction, the notes that follow are assembled from red books and memoranda written by Humphry Repton between 1799 and 1804.

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297: Who’d live in a village?

Many questions have been raised about the standing of the 18th century village. Was it Oliver Goldsmith’s Auburn and a heaven on earth, or was it squalid, unsanitary and absolutely to be avoided?

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296: Who did the driving?

Captain Ken, being a bicycling man, is forever in pursuit of some new place in which to try his skills, be it the screes of a mountain slope or the dense undergrowth of a distant forest and he now returns from the United States with a renewed disdain for the familiar well-trodden paths of custom.

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289: What is the difference between a house and a hall?

Ms K has been in touch from Leeds over a matter of propriety. She wonders if Dukes always live in palaces, and if there is a pecking order in the names of houses as there is in the orders of the nobility.

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287: What is a deer house?

I am proud to number amongst my acquaintance, Dr J  – I would add ‘of Sheffield’ but that he is so often to be found in Lichfield – or any other field come to that.

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