This year marks the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton (1752-1818). Stratton Park (Micheldever) and Herriard Park (south of Basingstoke) were the only two Repton sites in Hampshire. Repton’s trade mark was the ‘Red Book’ which he produced for each client with watercolour sketches showing how his design ideas would transform the client’s park and pleasure grounds. The Herriard Red Book is lost but there is a rich archive of letters and bills in the Record Office, belonging to the Jervoise family. A small team of HGT researchers has laboriously transcribed all the relevant documents relating to Repton’s design for Herriard, which we aim to publish before the end of this year.
A fuller account of both the Public Parks Review and Repton’s work at Herriard will be available in the Winter News Letter.