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

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57: Did Brown design cock-pits?

An armoured cockerel, impregnable, but unable to do much damage either

An armoured cockerel, impregnable, but unable to do much damage either

Mr M from Cromer has asked if Capability Brown, excellent man that he was and energetic, had been so egregious as to take a hand in the landscaping of Wothorpe, Burghley’s second house, with its cock-pit, which remained in use though the Brownian era.

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91: How did Brown find out about clover?

Clover improves the mix

Clover improves the mix

That marvelous magus of mystery and magic, Capability Brown, added white clover to his grass seed when making good after earthworking, as at Longleat and Stowe in the 1750’s, at Chatsworth in 1763, at Sandbeck in 1774, at Milton Abbey in 1776 and, very likely, whenever called upon to resow grassland.

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