History of the park
The park through the ages
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Mr 'Capability' Brown
The 2nd Earl continued his father's work on the park between 1769 and 1776 by employing a well-known landscape architect known as Mr 'Capability' Brown. We don't know exactly what Mr Brown contributed as his account book does not specify the work done, but we suspect he was responsible for improving the approach to Ickworth Lodge, the family home at the time. It is also highly likely that he laid out the bones for the beautiful Albana Walk and even designed the route for the main drive which is still in use today.
In the 18th century, one of the main aims in landscape design for country houses was to give attractive, sweeping views over the countryside.
By the 19th century, the owners of Ickworth sought to enclose the park by dense plantations. People from outside the grounds could only see the very top of the Rotunda.