He had previously lobbied the government to purchase the Estate for Horatio Nelson's family, before being commissioned by Abbot Upcher in 1812 to prepare a design for Sheringham Park. You can install the 'Humphry Repton at Sheringham Park' smart phone app for free on iTunes
The Main Drive
The 'main drive' was already lined with woodland before Repton intervened. He suggested further planting to darken the woods, thereby ensuring that the visitor would not see too much of the park before reaching ‘the turn’.
Repton proposed cutting boldly into the narrow ridge of hill, at the turn, to create a point in the main drive where the house bursts into sight ‘like some enchanted Palace of a Fairy Tale!’
View from the gazebo
The gazebo is not an original Repton feature but when Repton visited in 1812, the same spot was home to a signal station. Offering extensive views of the coastline, the lookout was in use during the early 19th-century when the threat of a Napoleonic invasion was very real.
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.