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Capability Brown started his career as an independent landscape consultant here in Warwick in 1749. His fame spread through the social circle of the Earl of Warwick and Sanderson Miller of Radway until, by the end of his life he had been involved in more than 250 landscapes in what we now call the “English” style. At the beginning of the year when we celebrate his birth a number of talks and events will introduce you to aspects of his work which you may never have thought of, like his skill in engineering the spectacular waters that are defining elements of his work.We have seven well-attested Brown parks in Warwickshire, Warwick, Compton Verney, Charlecote, Coombe Abbey, Packington, Newnham Paddocks and Ragley. Additionally, at Edgbaston, he was paid a consultation fee, but later William Emes implemented either this or his own plan.  At Compton Wynyates, Brown’s name is associated with the park and his surveyor made a plan, but although he worked at the family’s other house at Castle Ashby, it seems that the money ran out and that it is unlikely that he actually did anything here. Another tentative identification is Ansley, whose owner, John Ludford may be the Ludford who paid Brown 400 in 1764.

Sunday September 18 Packington Open Day 2-6 pm

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By kind permission of Lord and Lady Aylesford. Guided walks of Capability Brown Landscape every half hour. Packington was one of Brown’s earliest commissions and has the only surviving Brown plan in Warwickshire. He visited in 1750 and produced a plan in 1751 for the Hall Lake and the surrounding planting. This was subsequently implemented. Visitors can follow the trail as well as visit the later gardens. Teas available. Admission 5

Following the open day, at 6 pm, organ recital in Great Packington church by Peter Gregory GRSM, ARCM, Hon RSCM, organist of St. Alphege parish church, Solihull, music that would have been known to Brown. Tickets 5.

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Plan signed L Brown, 1751, by courtesy of Lord Aylesford

Capability Brown and Compton Verney – September 15
Gary Webb, Head of Landscape and Gardens at Compton Verney will be talking to the Leamington Society about the impact of Brown on the landscape at Compton Verney and the recent restoration work funded by HLF. Gary is a strong advocate of wildlife in gardens and improving biodiversity.
Dormer Place Conference Centre, September 15th at 7.30 pm. Entrance 2.00

New books
Steffie Sheilds Moving Heaven and Earth Flyer  (30)
Sarah Rutherford, Capability Brown and his Landscapes. Flyer (20)
John Phibbs, Place-making, the art of Capability Brown. https://unbound.co.uk/books/capability-brown (50)
David Brown and Tom Williamson, Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men (Reaktion books) (20.40)
Essex Gardens Trust, Lancelot Brown and his Essex Clients, (2015) 10 incl postage.  http://www.essexgardenstrust.org.uk/publications/
Kent Gardens Trust, Capability Brown in Kent (2016) 9.50 http://www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk/Capability-Brown/
Norfolk Gardens Trust Capability Brown in Norfolk (2016) So hot off the press that their web site doesn’t yet have details. But it does exist and one of our members bought it at the TGT AGM in Cambridge 1 September. About 10. contact them at http://www.norfolkgt.org.uk
New Arcadian Journal, Yorkshire Capabilities Vols 75-6 (2016) Includes a comprehensive study of Brown’s Yorkshire landscapes by Karen Lynch, with supporting articles by Patrick Eyres, John Phibbs and Linzi Stauvers. http://www.newarcadianpress.co.uk/product/yorkshire-capabilities/

Stowe, Buckingham. 12 April - 30 October. The place where Brown served as head gardener for more than ten years, married, had three of his children, and developed his landscaping style, are holding an exhibition “Capability Found”. They also have a series of lectures. Details

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