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 channeled this knowledge 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 Humphry Repton from County Gardens Trusts

To celebrate the Repton 200 Anniversary in 2018 several of the CGTs are publishing books about Repton’s work in their counties. This list will be added to and updated as more titles are released over the year. Please follow the links provided if you would like further information about a title or wish to purchase.

Hertfordshire

Humphry Repton in Hertfordshire by Susan Flood and Tom Williamson

Repton in Hertfordshire Book Cover

Repton made a particularly significant contribution to the landscape of Hertfordshire, working at no less than eighteen places in the county, ranging in size from great mansions like Cashiobury and Panshanger to more modest ‘villas’ owned by wealthy businessmen and industrialists, such as Wood Hill in Essendon. Particular attention is given to those places for which Repton prepared one of his famous ‘Red Books’. The book presents complete transcriptions of all the key documents relating to Repton’s activities, including the full text of seven Red Books.
www.hertsgardenstrust.org.uk

ISBN 978-1-909291-98-0, March 2018, hardback, 304pp
Price £25 plus postage and packing. Available to order https://www.herts.ac.uk/uhpress/books-content/humphry-repton-in-hertfordshire. Also available from Amazon or any good book store.

Structure and Landscape William Wilkins and Humphry Repton at Haileybury 1806 – 1810 edited by Toby Parker and Kate Harwood

Coming soon

London

REPTON IN LONDON: The Gardens and Landscapes of Humphry Repton (1752-1818) in the London Boroughs

A fascinating insight into the unique range of gardens and landscapes Repton designed in and around the capital. His 50 plus commissions within the London Boroughs ranged from classic garden squares such as Russell Square and contemporary villas through to large landscapes such as that at Kenwood. Reproducing images from two of the customised Red Books and from his formal publications, this beautifully illustrated book sheds light on Repton’s work that has not previously received such detailed scrutiny.
Price £15 plus postage and packing. Available to order at www.londongardenstrust.org/publications/repton.php

Norfolk

Humphry Repton in Norfolk

Repton in Norfolk Front Cover

The research team and members of the Norfolk Gardens Trust are delighted by the reaction to their latest book – Humphry Repton in Norfolk.  This richly illustrated A4 hardback book contains 228 pages displaying 305 colour images, describing Repton’s life, work and art in his favourite county.  The team of 10 researchers worked on 23 sites before submitting their findings to the book’s three editors: Sally Bate, Rachel Savage and Tom Williamson.  All seven of the Norfolk Red Books are fully pictured and described, and amongst the many other paintings, drawings and engravings is a leather-bound book of Repton sketches made in 1779 – 80 (before his landscape gardening career began) photographed for the first time.

The last chapter in the book looks at ‘lost Repton Norfolk sites’ and examines the work of his competitors (Louden, Haverfield and the Kennedys) in the county in the same period. This book has been self-published by the NGT and a subvention from the University of East Anglia has led to the production of a high-quality book at a very competitive price of £20, to make it affordable to all.  Available in Norfolk bookshops and by post from City Bookshop, Norwich or Norfolk Gardens Trust via peterwoodrow235@btinternet.com or sally.bate@ngs.org.uk

Yorkshire

On The Spot: The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, landscape gardener by Patrick Eyres and Karen Lynch

Repton Yorkshire Book

This book explores all the places attributed to Repton in Yorkshire:- Armley, Bessacre, Harewood, Langold, Mulgrave Castle, Oulton, Owston, Rudding and Wentworth Woodhouse. It contains the most up-to-date research and reproduces the extant Red Books, courtesy of the owners, along with a festival of associated imagery that includes all Repton’s Yorkshire illustrations for Peacock’s Polite Repository.
www.yorkshiregardenstrust.org.uk

Publication date May 2018 New Arcadian Press.
Price £20 plus postage and packing from http://www.newarcadianpress.co.uk/

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.

Cambridgeshire
www.cambsgardens.org.uk

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.

THE GARDENS TRUST SUMMER CONFERENCE 2016 | 2-4 September 2016
Robinson College Cambridge.
Visit the sites and use the leaflets!

Essex
www.essexgardenstrust.org.uk

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,
Ingatestone
CM4 9HH
(Tel. 01277 352867).
jillplater@hotmail.com

Price: £8.00 plus £2.00 postage and packing.

Hertfordshire
www.hertsgardenstrust.org.uk

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.

Kent
www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk

 

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.

Norfolk
Norfolk GT CB book image

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 http://www.jarrold.co.uk/departments/books/local-books and cost £15.99

Yorkshire
www.yorkshiregardenstrust.org.uk

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.

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