Capability Brown Festival in Hampshire

In 2016, the County Garden Trusts, The Garden Trust and a range of Heritage Organisations are celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783), who had a very significant impact on the parklands of the 18th century. In Hampshire, some of these parklands remain to a varying degree, although more than half have lost their houses. Brown’s involvement with these sites occurred between 1770 and 1778 when he was at the height of his career. A visit by Brown took place and plans were sometimes drawn. It was then often left to the owner’s estate workers to execute the plans, as at Highclere, although at North Stoneham, Brown’s men were involved. Many of the sites are Historic England (HE) Registered Parks and Garden.

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, c.1770-75, Cosway, Richard (1742-1821)/Private Collection/Bridgeman Images.

Latest News – Capability Tree Trail at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield (cost £1.90).

For a list of other websites and books on ‘Capability’ Brown – click here

Events planned in Hampshire in 2016 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of his birth:

Dates 2016 Events
26th March – 8th May Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape
Hampshire Cultural Trust Exhibition at the Winchester Discovery Centre
Early summer A Trail at Hillier Gardens and Arboretum of trees used by Capability Brown
4th May 7.30 pm Talk by Gilly Drummond at the Discovery Centre Winchester, in aid of St John’s Ambulance
12th June Talk by Gilly Drummond at the Test Valley Garden & Literary Festival, in aid of North Hampshire Medical Fund
18th June – 27th August Capability Brown: Master of the Landscape
Hampshire Cultural Trust Exhibition at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke
30th June 1pm – 1.30pm Lunch time Talk by Sally Miller at Hampshire Record Office
End of June – end of September Exhibition of Brown sites in Hampshire by Hampshire Gardens Trust at Hampshire Record Office
21st July 12.30-1.45pm Talk by Susan Campbell Lancelot Brown’s Kitchen Gardens in Hampshire at the Hampshire Record Office

For some information on other events in neighbouring counties click here

Click images below to access our Research Website for more information and some history, then, if HE registered, the link to their listing.

Belmont (Warnford Park) Prosser 1833

Belmont (Warnford Park) (Prosser 1833 Hampshire Record Office 728.8)

Broadlands Prosser 1833 (HE II)

Broadlands Prosser 1833 (HE II)(HCC archives)

Cadland Brown Plan

Cadland Brown Plan (HCC Archives)


Cuffnells (Hewetson 1830 Hampshire Record Office 728.8)

Highclere Prosser 1833

Highclere (Prosser 1833 Hampshire Record Office 728.8)

North Stoneham

North Stoneham (Hewetson 1830 Hampshire Record Office 728.8)


Paultons (HCC Archives)

South Stoneham

South Stoneham (HCC Archives)

Stratford Saye Prosser

Stratfield Saye (Prosser 1833 Hampshire Record Office)

Hewetson J. ‘Architectural and Picturesque Views of Noble Mansions in Hampshire’
Prosser, G.F. ‘Select Illustrations of Hampshire Comprising Picturesque Views of the Seats of the Nobility & Gentry’


Click here for the summer fete at Milton Abbey School and aspects landscaped by Capability Brown and

    here for an exhibition at Sherborne Castle


Click here for snowdrop open days at Gatton Park – a Capability Brown landscape and

    here for an Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition at the Riverhouse Barns Art Centre.


Click here for 2016 Events listings


Click here for Bowood House event in June

For the National picture click here

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