The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Wakefield Lodge

46: Rabbits?

Professor M gardens on the greensand ridge in Bedfordshire and tells me she is plagued by rabbits.

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214: Did Brown really dislike deer?

In my last (note 213), I offered to my companions at the Tatler’s Waste-bin a list of all those landscapes of that fine man and lord-lieutenant of Huntingdon, Capability Brown, for which I had records of an active deer park.

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213: Are deer common?

The deer come to the door at Alfoxden for snacks

The deer come to the door at Alfoxden for snacks

Visiting from Suffolk, Mrs W protests that she is really not able to see the 18th century virtuoso and enterist, Capability Brown, as anything but a maker of deer parks.

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176: Did Brown use exotics in parkland? Poplar

The genus Populus elicited a variety of responses in the 18th century.

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141: Quack? Squawk? Growl?

Mrs F has contacted me from Kenilworth to ask whether Capability Brown designed menageries.

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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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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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By John Phibbs