The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Dogmersfield

265: Why do we need William Emes?

I recall a conversation with the late Dr Keith Goodway, whose knowledge of the landscape gardener William Emes was second to none, and sprang from Keith’s place of work (Keele University) his interest in the landscaping of the place, and the fact that William Emes had worked there – as he worked also at many other places in the West Midlands.

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208: What are warrens?

From her correspondence, freshly delivered from Harlow, it is clear that Dr L has the impression that all warrens were rabbit warrens.

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104: Did Brown do canals?

A fine 18th century canal, but currently of little use to boatmen

A fine 18th century canal, but currently of little use to boatmen

Mrs A-S writes that she is anxious to involve the boatmen of the West Midland canals in the celebration of Capability Brown’s tercentenary.

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9: The ridings of others

A post-card from Robin Hood’s Bay, very welcome but alas unsigned, asks whether we should regard the gardener, Capability Brown, given the idiosyncrasy of his achievement, as the only designer of ridings.

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By John Phibbs