21.01.2019 | Repton
Celebrating Humphry Repton was organised by the Gardens Trust in 2018 to mark the bicentenary of his death. Repton was the last great landscape designer of the eighteenth century, and famous for his Red Books. County Gardens Trusts and other groups around the country arranged events and published books celebrating Repton’s work.
Repton was born in 1752 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and first trained in the textile business. As he was unsuccessful in business, he set himself up as a landscape gardener. Repton went on to design around 400 hundred English landscapes and gardens, and became a worthy successor to the great Capability Brown.
Estates where Repton worked include Tatton Park in Cheshire, Uppark House in West Sussex, Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, and Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. He famously produced ‘Red Books’ or folios to present his proposed improvements, in order to show ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the landscape.
Repton’s work links the landscape design of the eighteenth century and the gardenesque movement of the early Victorian years. At the end of his life he said ‘as a landscape designer I have never been superseded by a more successful rival. My own profession, like myself, was becoming extinct.’
Find out more about Humphry Repton’s life and work.
The Gardens Trust was awarded a £99,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its ‘Sharing Repton’ project. ‘Sharing Repton’ piloted activities which were designed to help volunteers welcome wider local communities to Repton landscapes. This work is continuing in order to share the learning experience with our national network of supporters. If you would like to get involved or receive email updates about the ongoing sharing landscapes project email email@example.com.
You can find a list of Repton sites and a Repton reading list among our Repton campaign materials.
As part of the celebrations, Historic England added Humphry Repton’s landscapes to their interactive map of Designed Landscapes, You can find out more about research by Historic England on their Humphry Repton landscapes page.
The Repton Gazette is a blog which explores a range of questions about Repton’s work.