CGT Publications

County Gardens Trusts are a fantastic mine of information on the historic parks and gardens in their counties, and many of them have channelled this treasure into books. Each one is different, but between them, these publications make available to the public the CGTs uniquely detailed research and passion for the subject.

Publications about ‘Capability’ Brown from County Gardens Trusts

To celebrate the Capability Brown Festival, we have gathered together here the CGT books on Brown – please follow the links provided if you wish to make a purchase.


Follow the Capability Brown trail around Cambridgeshire with a series of leaflets setting out walks to take in some of his most famous landscapes: Wimpole Hall, the Cambridge Backs, and Madingley, as well as his home at Fenstanton.

The leaflets can be downloaded from the Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust website.

Robinson College Cambridge.
Visit the sites and use the leaflets!


lancelot-brown-coverEssex Garden Trust’s new publication, Lancelot Brown and his Essex Clients is a gazetteer of Brown’s eighteenth century commissions that reshaped the landscape of several of Essex’s historic houses. Sites included are Audley End, Belhus, Coopersale House, Copped Hall, Hallingbury and Hatfield Forest, Navestock, Shortgrove, and Thorndon Park.

Available from:
Jill Plater,
5 Wakelin Chase,
(Tel. 01277 352867).

Price: £8.00 plus £2.00 postage and packing.


Hertfordshire Gardens Trust has created Hertfordshire Landscape Parks – Ten walks devised to celebrate the Tercentenary of Lancelot Brown, a series of leaflets with information and walks for Brown landscapes in Hertfordshire, covering Ashridge, Beechwood, Brocket Park, Digswell Park, Kimpton Hoo, Newsells, Panshanger, Pishiobury, Woodhall Park and Youngsbury.

The booklets can be downloaded here.



capability-brown-in-kentCommemorating the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth, Capability Brown in Kent tells the story of the great 18th-century landscape gardener’s  commissions in Kent.  He worked at Ingress, Leeds Abbey, Valence, Chilham Castle and North Cray Place. Although most of these sites have changed greatly since his day, the authors demonstrate clearly how a detailed look at what he achieved in Kent provides valuable insights into his remarkable output throughout the country.  The book describes the social context of the time and shows how Brown was adept at moving amongst the aristocratic and professional landowning classes. This allowed him to apply his genius as a landscape gardener and his acumen as a businessman to the creation of five harmonious landscapes in Kent, and over 200 throughout England.

116 pages, fully illustrated, £9.50 (£8.00 for members of Kent Gardens Trust).
ISBN 978-0-9934044-0-5

Available from the Kent Gardens Trust website or from your usual bookshop.

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Capability Brown in Norfolk edited by Sally Bate: The work of Brown in Norfolk has never been fully explored and published before.  The team of 12 volunteer researchers, with guidance from Prof. Tom Williamson, were proud to publish on 30th August 2017 a 188-page book lavishly furnished with 138 coloured images including 3 Brown plans and a contract – all never seen in print before.  The discovery of a Brown-built walled kitchen garden and a greenhouse with a heated rear wall are among the Brownian features which survive today.  The three Brown sites of Kimberley, Langley and Melton Constable are described in full, along with lesser works at Holkham and Buckenham Tofts.  A chapter looking at park-building in 18th century Norfolk puts Brown’s work in context.

Available in-store, or by phone, from Jarrolds, Norwich (01603) 660661 or online and cost £15.99


noble-prospects-exhibitionNoble Prospects: Capability Brown & the Yorkshire Landscape by Karen Lynch has now been published by the Yorkshire Gardens Trust and the Mercer Art Gallery to accompany the exhibition of the same name which runs at the Mercer 25th June-11th September.

Further details will be on the Yorkshire Gardens Trust website or look out for updates on Facebook.