Scampston Hall looks over one of the finest parks in North Yorkshire. The park evolved throughout the 18th Century, culminating in a design by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 1772. It is believed that Brown also designed the Hall before it was remodelled in the Regency period.
Brown’s most notable work, still evident at Scampston was the creation of the Lower Lake, or New River and the waterworks including the cascade. Brown made them appear as though a single body of water - as if a river through the landscape.
Brown’s work at Scampston is best admired from the Hall. From here you can clearly see how he created vistas across the park, framed carefully by trees and other natural features. On a clear day you can see all the way across to Deer Park House.
Scampston presented a real challenge for Brown as he grappled with the asymmetry and flatness of the land. In 1777 he commented: “The difficulty of rendering so dead and intractable a plain, beautiful, has been here gradually surmounted….”
Brown used the rising Wolds in the far distance to help counter-balance the flat plains at Scampston.
Another Brownian feature at Scampston is the Palladian Bridge. Much of Brown’s work was influenced by classical architecture. The Bridge was inspired by the work of Venetian architect Andrea Palladio, from which it draws its name. From the bridge at Scampston, the eye is drawn out across the lakes which seem to stretch right to the horizon, carefully framed with trees and shrubbery.
The Hall and parkland has been in the care of the same family for over three centuries. The current custodians are Christopher and Miranda Legard who continue to maintain the property, gardens and park to the highest standard, protecting it for generations to come.
Scampston has an exciting calendar of events planned to celebrate Capability Brown and to inspire new audiences. These range from family friendly nature trails, children’s craft events and photography competitions, to guided walks, heritage exhibitions and a series of fascinating lectures. Visit our website to find out more.
About the author: Isobel Pritchard is the Marketing and Visitor Services Manager for Scampston Hall and Walled Garden