The Georgian Group have announced the winners and commended entries of their 2016 Architectural Awards; Compton Verney has been declared the winner of The Brown Tercentenary Award, with Trentham and Belvoir receiving commendations.
Brown’s impact on the landscape at Compton Verney cannot be underestimated as he replaced the earlier formal gardens with grassland and trees, including cedars and over 2,200 oak and ash saplings placed to create Arcadian viewpoints. He added a new south drive, which framed and revealed the house from the bridge, creating a serpentine route to replace the formal avenue, turned mill pools into a single picturesque lake and demolished the old church between the house and the lake, a view visitors still enjoy today. The church was replaced it with a new, plain, Palladian-style chapel north of the house, which was built in 1776-9 and has recently reopened after restoration.
Additionally, the Gothic Tower at Wimpole was granted the Restoration of a Structure in the Landscape Award.
The Georgian Group are a valued partner of the Capability Brown Festival.
For more information on the awards, visit The Georgian Group website at this link.