Capability’ Brown at Temple Newsam Factfile:
– Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown made a plan for plan for ‘intended alterations’ at Temple Newsam in 1762.
– While some ‘Brownifications’ were finished, the complete plan for Temple Newsam never came to fruition because of the death of Charles, the 9th Viscount in 1778.
– His wife, Frances, lost heart following her husband’s death and the project was largely abandoned.
-Some work did continue in the decades after Frances’s death, such as the walled gardens, the rhododendron walks and shrubberies which can still be seen today.
The story behind the landscape of the park and gardens at the Temple Newsam estate. Curator Emeritus James Lomax reveals how the grounds at this country house have changed over time and the influence of celebrity landscape designer Capability Brown.