Celebrating Capability Brown in the East of England

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was a great landscape designer. His nickname came from his fondness for describing country estates as having great ‘capabilities’ for improvement.

Wimpole Folly

Brown's connection with Wimpole 

'Capability' Brown is responsible for one of the beautiful areas of Wimpole's parkland, which has an extraordinary folly in the form of a ruined castle at its heart.

View across the lake at Hatfield Forest, bathed in autumn sunshine

Capability Brown's connection at Hatfield Forest 

We have recently uncovered exciting evidence that Capability Brown prepared a small scheme for altering the lake and lakeside area.

Detail from the Suffolk East Embroiderer's Guild topairy and temples banner

Brown's connection at Ickworth 

The detail of Capability Brown's connection at Ickworth is still a little sketchy. Find out what we do know and what the Embroiderers' Guild have been up to, to mark his 300th birthday.

" I wish my journey may prove of use to the place, which if it should, it will be very flattering to me. Nature has been truly bountiful and art has done no harm."
- Lancelot 'Capability Brown'

Who was Lancelot 'Capability' Brown?

Who was the man better known as 'Capability Brown'? And why was he so important? Find out everything you ever needed to know about the 'greatest landscape gardener of all time'.