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Alnwick, Rothley and Kirkharle – the three Northumberland landscapes of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

Nick Owen, historic landscape surveyor

Date/Time: 26th October 2016

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis. 

2016 marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, a British landscape architect sometimes referred to as ‘England’s greatest gardener’.

He was born and learned his craft at Kirkharle in Northumberland. He left for fame and fortune in the south, before returning, in his pomp, to work at Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick.

What did he do? How did he do it? And what is now left? These questions were addressed in this talk, alongside showing what the landscapes looked like and why he became so immensely successful.