At What Cost?

20.09.2016 | category: General

Six artists from Beatfreeks explore the political, social and economic conditions surrounding the era of Brown’s work at Warwick Castle, particularly focusing on the impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

The front page of Capability Brown's Account Book

Capability Brown’s 18th-century account book goes on display

16.09.2016 | category: General

He changed the face of the English landscape, but little is known about Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown beyond the spectacular gardens and vistas he created. A new display at the RHS Lindley Library shows his only known Account Book to the public for the first time, revealing how he became one of the 18th Century’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Stained glass Capability Brown memorial window at Fenstanton

A New Memorial for Lancelot Brown

14.09.2016 | category: General

In an innovative project to provide a new and lasting memorial to Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the pupils of Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School have created a stained glass memorial window, dedicated by David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, on 28 August, and unveiled at Fenstanton Church Centre, on 3 September by Mrs. Gilly Drummond, Chair of the Capability Brown Festival 2016.

The Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace, the largest and oldest known grapevine in the world

The Great Vine

14.09.2016 | category: General

Tucked away in a conservatory behind the Pond Gardens at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey is the Great Vine, the largest and oldest known grapevine in the world. Planted by Capability Brown during his tenure as Chief Gardener to King George III, the vine still produces a sizeable crop of sweet, black eating grapes every year. 

Brown’s proposal for Rothley Low Lake

Site of the Week - National Trust Wallington

09.09.2016 | category: General

Capability Brown is a local boy who made good. Born at nearby Kirkharle, Northumberland, Brown’s daily walk to school took him through the rolling farmland of the 20,000 acre Wallington Estate, now cared for by the National Trust.  

"If its hot, you head for 5 arches…"

Paddling in a Brown landscape

08.09.2016 | category: General

We set off on a glorious summer's day and spent almost 2 hours walking a circular route through a rolling landscape, cooling off in ancient woodland, wandering across meadows and alongside the River Cray, the most obvious survivor of Brown’s design.