Monday 15th March, 6pm – E.Ticket £5

Herriard Park lies between Basingstoke and Alton in Hampshire and has been owned by the Jervoise family since the beginning of the 17th century.  In 1792 George Purefoy Jervoise inherited the estate and immediately began to spend money on improving the premises.  To this end he engaged Humphry Repton the landscape gardener then seen as successor to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to produce plans for a new walled kitchen garden, pleasure grounds and plantations.

Repton was paid for a Red Book for Herriard but that is lost. However, a very rich family archive at Hampshire Record Office holds Repton’s letters to his client and detailed bills for all the work that was carried out over a few years in the 1790s. This talk will describe what the archives revealed about the works carried out, about Repton’s relationship with his client and how he applied his principles of landscape design at Herriard.