The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Althorp

214: Did Brown really dislike deer?

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.

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154: What did it cost?

Ms D of Cambridge is a woman with a passion for gas-works, whose beauty, she feels, has for too long gone unrecognised.

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122: Did Brown get on with architects?

Mr M is curious to know how a landscape gardener like Capability Brown will have got along with architects, supposing they were employed at the same time, and has written from London to ask which of the two would rule the roost.

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John Carr is very likely to have been involved with Scampston, but the house still looked like Brown’s handiwork.

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40: Brown and turnpiking – is there a connection?

Potholes cause problems wherever they are. This fine boiling pan sprang a leak and is now reduced to a coal-scuttle

Potholes cause problems wherever they are. This fine boiling pan sprang a leak and is now reduced to a coal-scuttle

Mr S. of Droitwich has been in touch again, asking specifically whether any turnpikes might have been newly navigated at places where Capability Brown, the place-maker, was also working .

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By John Phibbs