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

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116: Where are Brown’s conkers?

In my last I touched on Capability Brown’s lavish deployment of conker trees. Though he appears to have loved them for their luxuriant leaf and flower, these trees were, in the 18th century, never quite taken seriously – as his nephew, H.J.Pye reported ‘Lord Barrington used to say, that a conker in full flower gave him the idea of a giant’s nosegay’.

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19: What were belts for?

The question is asked by Lady O in response to my last, and it is perfectly true that many of the parks of the self-taught Capability Brown have a woodland belt around the perimeter.

The belt, on the right of the picture, sets off the hill behind and increases its apparent height without concealing it.

The belt, on the left of the picture, sets off the hill behind and increases its apparent height without concealing it.

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By John Phibbs