The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Clumber

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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76: What did Brown have against avenues?

Returning from a refreshing afternoon in Slough to a fresh delivery of correspondence on the hall table, I was just in time to catch a note from the Tyne as it slid from the top of the pile onto the floor. It was Mr O with news from Northumberland, and a question: did Capability Brown ever plant avenues?

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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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123: What else can I kill?

My old friend, Mr W of Bampton, once a Jehu of the hunt, now pursues such sports no longer.

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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