The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Plas Newydd

1828: Planting?

West Cowes from the esplanade

West Cowes from the esplanade

“‘On this principle they have proceeded too hastily at Plas Newydd in grubbing hedges & pulling down cottages, for the sake of showing an extent of open lawn in a direction where plantations ought to be encouraged to screen a bleak country,

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1827: Approaches?

“The approaches at Norris Castle are symmetrical and have a certain overriding geometry. There is nothing else like this in Repton’s oeuvre, hence they are unlikely to have been designed by him.

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1825: Pleasure grounds?

Oofy here: Editorial: Tell me if it’s the same for you: when I hear a fellow speaking. What they say makes perfect sense. Beautifully expressed. A treat. When I think of saying anything m’self, I get plenty of phrases alright. Jumbled up though. Can’t work out which comes first.

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1824: Why there?

“If the Bathing House at Norris Castle is Reptonian in character and style, we might then ask what Repton might have made of its location and the location of the other buildings on the estate.

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1822: What about Gothic?

“Repton was perfectly happy to work with the eccentricities of Gothic design that James Wyatt provided for Norris Castle.

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170: Was Lapidge any good?

Captain Ken reminds me that he can find nothing to interest him in the careers of Capability Brown’s associates, such as Samuel Lapidge and William Ireland.

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By John Phibbs