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Restoring and managing Kirkharle: a perpective from owner John Anderson

Article Index

  1. Restoring and managing Kirkharle: a perpective from owner John Anderson
  2. Philosophy
  3. Jewels in the crown
  4. Brown’s life and philosophy
  5. Restoration of the barns
  6. The lakes
  7. Kirkharle today
  8. Looking ahead
  9. Celebrating in 2016
  10. All Pages

Celebrating in 2016

Brown baptised plaqueMemorial plaque in St Wilfrid's Church. Copyright: John AndersonOn 30th August 1716 Lancelot Brown was baptised in St Wilfrid’s Church, Kirkharle. The parochial church council of this beautiful, ancient, Grade 1 church is planning a festival weekend to mark this anniversary on 26th – 30th August 2016.  Events will include a flower festival, concert, lecture, fete and service of thanksgiving. Throughout the year Northumbria Gardens Trust and our Kirkharle community group are planning a number of events  including theatrical productions, poetry readings, guided walks, tree planting, Georgian antiques valuation and food and flower fayre. Our aim is to provide opportunities for a wide range of audiences, both young and old, to learn more about one of Northumberland’s most famous sons – ‘The Shakespeare of Gardening’ - and come to appreciate the value of our beautiful English landscapes.

2016 sees the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth at Kirkharle.  As a result there are numerous plans afoot both nationally and locally to mark this very special year.  For more details of the National Festival see Sign up for the newsletter to keep abreast of all the activities. It will be a year not to be missed by anyone who loves our beautiful English countryside.