The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

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24: Why are there thorn hedges round the clumps at Croome?

A newly planted quick hedge or single oxter, having a fence down one side

A newly planted quick hedge or single oxter, having a fence down one side

I have received a note from Mr H. of Bromsgrove, a man whose opinions I greatly admire. Mr H. has read my notes on Croome, and having recently visited himself, he asks for my comments on the thorn hedges

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66: Was Brown a Tory?

Ken from Stroud plans to establish an anarchist commune on Mars and asks how he can create an anarchic landscape to go with it.

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29: Did Brown have a thing about roads?

Mr J, a shepherd at Whitchurch, Hants., has asked whether ordinary people can understand the gardener, Capability Brown, convincing though he may be to the cognoscenti. Conventional wisdom has it that since Brown worked for an aristocratic elite, you won’t be able to understand his work unless you puff yourself up with titles and a pretension to court dress.

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