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The Landscape at Temple Newsam

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.

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.

This film was made as part of the Visioning the Landscape exhibition (May – October 2016) at Temple Newsam House.

Explore the park and gardens of Temple Newsam to discover a stunning 18th century landscape and intimate formal gardens full of scent and colour.

The open grassland, woodlands, views and vistas are much admired as they were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown for the 9th Viscount Irwin in the 1760’s. Although Brown’s plan was not fully followed his concept of a serene picturesque landscape is still seen.

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