Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

Celebrating 300 years of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's landscape designs (1716-1783)

CB Sustrans portrait bench largeSustrans Portrait Bench – Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783). Creative Commons License, copyright: Peter aka anemoneprojectors

To celebrate Capability Brown and his influence on the 18th Century British landscape we are working with our partners to bring together in one place Capability Brown related publications, announcements, events and other materials associated with the upcoming Capability Brown Festival in 2016

We are in the process of building a complete catalogue in our database of the sites associated with Capability Brown. Watch our Latest News for updates on the most recent additions.

 VOLUNTEERS!

We need your help! If you would like to contribute research or historic images, maps or plans of Capability Brown sites, please contact us.

You can use our Research Recording Form to organise your research, ready for submission to the database. Research Recording Form

 

Did you know?

You can use the Search box at the top of this page to retrieve a list of all of our database records associated with Capability Brown (use Capability Brown as the search term). 

We have a brief biography of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown on the Parks & Gardens UK database which includes a list of the nearly 300 landscapes that have been attributed to him.

 

Landscape of the month

Capability Brown worked on many different types of landscapes as well as buildings. His level of involvement differed depending on where he was. We will be highlighting a different Capability Brown landscape each month.

The landscape this month is Navestock in Essex.

Navestock map 1881Navestock, Ordnance Survey map published in 1881A new house was constructed at Navestock in the early-18th century, a 'mansion house' being noted in 1717. The mansion was a nine bay brick building, two storeys high above a half basement, with a three bay single storey extension at each end with a balustraded parapet. A park had been formed around the new house by 1726. Lancelot Brown was commissioned to improve the landscape shortly after the death of the second earl in 1763. The adjacent manor of Bois Hall was acquired to allow the enlargement of the park. Further changes included the construction of the lake, a highway diversion, the removal of the avenue and the reorganisation of the pleasure ground.

More than a century after its abandonment, many of the features of the park and pleasure grounds can still be identified. The area of the pleasure grounds, its sunken fence and walled vegetable garden remains unaltered, though now very overgrown in parts. The park is under arable cultivation but the majority of the peripheral woodland has survived.

Archive of previous landscapes featured

 Articles

Learn more about Lancelot 'Capability' Brown from the experts.

Celebrating Many Shades of Capability Brown in Buckinghamshire,Claire de Carle MA, Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust

An Extraordinary Order: The Little Temple at Temple Newsam, Michael Devenish

Sheffie Shields, with kind permission from Lincolnshire Life magazine

Restoring and managing Kirkharle: a perpective from owner John Anderson

Capability Brown's Wimbledon Park, in His Day and Ours, Tony Matthews and Dr Dave Dawson

Restoring Capability Brown's vision at Burghley, Dr Paul Stamper, Historic England (formerly English Heritage)

Lancelot Brown, Lessons from Home 1716-39, Jane Brown

'A Most Pleasing Serenity': The Aesthetics of Lancelot Brown, Dr Laura C Mayer

Tong Castle: A Shropshire Brown Commission, Dr Paul Stamper, Historic England (formerly English Heritage)

Re-viewing the Landscape of Compton Verney, Gary Webb, Head Gardener at Compton Verney

A fairy circle... thanks to 'Capability' Brown, Steffie Shields, Chairman, Association of Gardens Trusts

What is Capability Brown’s legacy at Mount Clare?, Tony Matthews, London Parks & Gardens Trust

Looking for Mr Brown, Steffie Shields, Chairman, Association of Gardens Trusts

 

 Interactive Map of Brown sites

Featuring over 250 Capability Brown attributed sites across the UK. The map unites geography, history, landscape and the legacy of Capability Brown through its visual mapping of Capability Brown’s work. Each site is represented by a pin on the map. When a pin is clicked on, it displays the site name, the location, the type (public, private, restricted access or independent site), and links to the site’s website and the Parks & Gardens UK record. http://www.capabilitybrown.org/map

 

A Selection of Resources

Here we have compiled a selection of resources for researchers, professionals, teachers and interested individuals on Capability Brown.

 

News and Events

Visit our Capability Brown 300 News page to catch up on latest announcements and information about the CB300 Festival.

Throughout 2016, events, exhibitions, lectures and visits will take place all around the country that focus on Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and his influence on the British landscape. We are updating our Events Calendar regularly to provide information about events across multiple organisations and areas. Please be sure to check the calendar regularly for events of interest near you. Please note the Search feature from the pull down menu of viewing choices in the Events Calendar. This will enable you to search for all Brown related events in our calendar. Other useful websites with information about news and events include:

www.capabilitybrown.org   The Gardens Trust    Historic England   Visit Britain

Historic Houses Association   National Gardens Scheme    National Trust 

Royal Horticultural Society  The Landscape Institute