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

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241: What is the ‘valley direct’?

The valley direct, cut into the slope that runs from Prior Park to the bridge

The valley direct, cut into the slope that runs from Prior Park to the bridge

I am rebuked by Dr S in far-away London for a recent communication (note 236) in which I made little attempt to explain to my readers the differences between the ‘valley direct’, the ‘valley transverse’ and the ‘valley adventitious’.

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236: What do you know about valleys?

The golden valley, as fine an example of the valley adventitious as you will ever see

The golden valley, as fine an example of the valley adventitious as you are ever likely to see

Miss S writes to tell me that being newly arrived in Berkhamstead she took herself to view the town’s great landmark, known as the Golden Valley, and she wonders now if that master of beech-hung beauty, Capability Brown, whom she knew by reputation, could have worked his wizardry there.

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232: Are rides of any interest?

Only yesterday I made the observation to my friend Captain Ken, as we paused at a spinney for him to seek out a good hazel stick, that I am frequently struck by the surprising way a word, an idea, a place, mentioned once, can become suddenly ubiquitous. For thus it has been for me and Wales – and on the very day following our conversation.

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199: What’s wrong with Wales?

Miss E, an entertainer, writes from Ceredigion to ask why Wales has played such a small part in these notes.

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36: What were walks for?

One would expect parkland walks to be gravelled only if the wet could not be controlled in any other way. Grass was always softer to walk on.

One would expect parkland walks to be gravelled only if the wet could not be controlled in any other way. Grass was always softer to walk on.

I have been wondering how much progress we have made with the walks laid out by that joker and jester, the gardener Capability Brown, in his landscapes?

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By John Phibbs