Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, shaping the Midlands

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one of England’s best known landscape gardeners. A man considered to have changed the national landscape and created a style which has shaped people’s picture of the quintessential English countryside. In the Midlands, the gardens and parklands at Berrington Hall, Charlecote Park and Croome have all been shaped by Brown, to varying degrees.

The 'Capability' Brown lake in spring

Brown's final masterpiece 

Berrington Hall's park was the final landscape masterpiece of 'Capability' Brown's long and varied career

Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown by Nathaniel Dance

The very capable Brown; creator of Croome 

Croome was 'Capability' Brown's first commission. Not only did he redesign the whole landscape but also remodelled Croome Court and became firm friends with the Earl of Coventry.

Aerial view of Charlecote Park, painting of 1696

Centuries of change in Charlecote Park's landscape 

'Capability' Brown was just one of the people to put his stamp on the parklands at Charlecote