• Ashburnam Place
  • Ashburnam Place
  • Sheffield Park © NT/John Miller
  • Petworth Park - Painting by J Turner

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 

300th Anniversary Celebration 2016      

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was born in 1716 and during his lifetime he changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green

Capability Brown1 Sheffield park

If you are interested in finding out more about Capability Brown have a look at this web site CB300 website.

‘Capability’ Brown in Sussex

Throughout 2016, SGT volunteers have researched many of the sites in Sussex associated with 'Capability' Brown and the Trust is proud to announce the publication the fruits of their labours in 'Capability' Brown in Sussex, a collection of research papers. Gilly Drummond, Chairman, Capability Brown Festival commented:

I warmly congratulate the Sussex Gardens Trust for their wisdom and foresight in producing ‘A Collection of Research Papers on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s Work in Sussex and each and every one of the contributors and those who assisted them for the depth, breadth and quality of their research and related images. A huge labour of love on their part which will have added very considerably to our understanding of how Lancelot Brown worked, where, who for and the influence he might have had in one county.   It is a truly magnificent and scholarly contribution by the voluntary sector.

The publication includes 56 A4 pages and 8 articles illustrated with numerous historic and contempoary maps, plans and images, together with endnotes giving details of sources. There whole document is imaginitavely designed and beatifully printed. 

The images below show sample pages.

Copies of the publication are available from SGT at a price of £7.50 - to obtain a copy please send a  request message via contact us

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Capability Brown in Sussex Ashburnham extract


Capability Brown in Sussex Cowdray extract


Capability Brown in Sussex Stansted extract


Brown workmen strip