The Vernon family home
From their beginnings as the Elizabethan rectors of Hanbury parish, the Vernons became one of the most prominent families in Worcestershire.
The Vernon genes brought forth the famous lawyer Thomas Vernon, several local MPs and a baronet.
However, the same genes also gave rise to a Vernon who created one of the great domestic scandals of the late 18th century, and another who felt more at home in Argentina than the green acres of Hanbury.
Learn more about the Vernon family
The story of the Vernon family has not run smoothly, slightly contradicting the family motto: Vernon semper viret: (Vernon always flourishes).
To learn more about the Vernon family and the evolution of Hanbury Hall, read the timeline below and discover important moments in the estate’s history.
The George London formal garden
The original garden at Hanbury Hall was designed in 1705 by George London, a predecessor to other renowned designers Kent, Brown and Nash.
He was the most celebrated garden designer of his time, creating gardens for royalty and nobility at Chatsworth, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.
Overseas influences in the garden
English gardens at the time were heavily influenced by William of Orange’s gardens at Paleis Het Loo in the Netherlands, as well as those of Louis XIV at Versailles.
In George London’s interpretations, garden designs became softer and more incorporative of the surrounding English Landscape.
London created gardens where people could escape the tumultuous early 18th-century world with his formal designs, using mathematical precision and newly imported plants.
He created a haven for drama, fun and recreation.
Hanbury’s garden follows landscaping fashions
As the landscape movement gained momentum through the mid-1700s, formal Parterres and closely trimmed topiary gave way to more relaxed landscapes inspired by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Towards the end of the 18th century, the gardens at Hanbury were swept away, replaced with wide open spaces and uninterrupted views. They remained as such for the next 200 years.
The last George London gardens
Many gardens created by George London were lost at this time due to the changing fashions in garden design.
Perhaps only one original garden remains, at Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire, but other London gardens have been faithfully recreated, first at Hampton Court Palace in the Privy Garden and then at Hanbury Hall in the Great Garden.