The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Category: Forests

259: Did Brown plant groves?

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The groves of Blenheim were captured in their infancy by S.H.Grimm

The good Yorkshireman Professor W*, to whom I referred in my last, has also raised with me the question of groves, and in particular, for he has a great interest in the subject, whether Brown himself was a planter of groves.

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213: Are deer common?

The deer come to the door at Alfoxden for snacks

The deer come to the door at Alfoxden for snacks

Visiting from Suffolk, Mrs W protests that she is really not able to see the 18th century virtuoso and enterist, Capability Brown, as anything but a maker of deer parks.

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56: Where are the exotics?

Professor W bids me embellish my account of Capability Brown’s use of exotics by listing the places where he is known to have planted them.

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98: How wild was wild?

We must always allow that there should be limits to wildness.

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89: What is enclosure?

The Ha-ha Hero has responded to my notes 58 and 80 on extent, to ask why enclosure is so difficult to understand.

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58: Why extent?

Of course much of the evidence that might be used to justify extensions as increasing the variety of parkland is ambiguous.

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5: What’s the point of a park without deer?

 

The lake at Highams was only granted permission if the forest deer outside the park could be allowed to drink from it

The lake at Highams was only granted permission if the forest deer outside the park could be allowed to drink from it

Mr E is an old acquaintance, a blustery pipe-smoking man, who swims with his big hands wheeling like paddles and puts me in mind of an old smoke-stack rust-bucket as he battles his way out of the sea. At any rate, he has written from Cromer to say that there’s no point in a park that doesn’t have deer in it.

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By John Phibbs