Humphry Repton

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The Sheringham Red Book

Humphry Repton (1752-1818) was commissioned to produce a design for Sheringham Park in 1812 by the new owners Abbot and Charlotte Upcher. He presented the design as one of his famous Red Books written in his own hand and illustrated with watercolour sketches of his proposals. This short video explores the main features of Repton’s design using images of the original Red Book.

Watch our film on the Red Book


His career

Repton saw himself as a visiting consultant, providing a design in one of his trademark 'Red Books' but leaving the implementation of his design to the clients themselves.  

The commission

Repton was introduced to Abbot Upcher by his son William, a local solicitor who handled the sale of the Sheringham Estate to the Upcher family. Repton described their relationship as a meeting of congenial minds.

Repton and the National Trust

The National Trust now looks after a number of sites including Hatchlands (pictured) with connections to Humphry Repton. They give an indication of the variety and geographical scope of his commissions.