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.
Humphry Repton: Just what did he do for us in Bucks?
Based on several years of research by members of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust this book explores just what Repton did in Buckinghamshire and links beyond the county too. It is informed by a detailed gazetteer and illustrated with many of his beguiling images, including watercolours from his unique Red Books.
Repton undertook at least 12 commissions in historic Buckinghamshire including the flower gardens of the still
spectacular Ashridge, now a business school, and the park at Stoke Park, preserved as a country club and golf
course. Further details from http://www.bucksgardenstrust.org.uk/our-publications/humphry-repton-just-what-did-he-do-for-us-in-bucks/
ISBN 978‐1‐5272‐2348‐6, August 2018, 160 pages, 80 illustrations, many full colour
Price £20 + £3.50 postage and packing
To receive a copy, please send a cheque for £23.50 made out to Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust to 11 Fledglings Way, Winslow MK18 3QU
Humphry Repton in Hertfordshire by Susan Flood and Tom Williamson
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.
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
Humphry Repton in Kent
Humphry Repton., the first person to call himself a landscape gardener, is not so widely known as his predecessor ‘Capability’ Brown whose anniversary we celebrated in 2016 but he was an very important influence on the development of garden design in the C19 and many of his ideas and principles are still very relevant today. Repton wrote several books describing his work and ideas as well as his Red Books in which he explained and illustrated his proposals for his clients are famous.
As part of a country wide celebration of his work members of Kent Gardens Trust research team have produced a beautifully illustrated book describing Repton’s five commissions in Kent with a short introduction to his life and artistic principles.
Humphry Repton in Kent is a companion volume to Capability Brown in Kent. It is 140 pages long and will interest not only garden historians but anyone with an interest in the social history of the county and the lives of the leading figures of the time. Our research has revealed fascinating and hitherto unknown contemporary letters and drawings and has made extensive use of Repton’s Red Books.
Coming soon: Publication Autumn 2018
Price £10 (£8 for Kent Gardens Trust members) ISBN 978-0-9934044-1-2
Copies may be obtained direct from Kent Gardens Trust www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk or from bookshops.
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
Humphry Repton in Norfolk
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
On The Spot: The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, landscape gardener by Patrick Eyres and Karen Lynch
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Commemorating 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).
Available from the Kent Gardens Trust website or from your usual bookshop.
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
Noble 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.