Felton Local History Society

FAMOUS NAME: Capability Brown was every bit as much an artist as the leading painters and sculptors of the 18th century.

This was the contention of Professor John Cannon when he gave a most amusing and anecdote-scattered talk to the Felton Local History Society about this great Northumbrian.

From obscure beginnings in Kirkharle, Lancelot Brown rose to fame and wealth as a landscape gardener to the aristocracy of the day. He was largely responsible for changing 18th-century fashion in garden landscape design from the dominant French parterre style with its straight lines and mathematical shapes to a more flowing, sinuous, natural style heavily influenced by the landscape of his native Northumberland. This style became known throughout Europe as The English Garden.

Among the many stately homes where he worked was, of course, Alnwick Castle. Here, part of the work he carried out was the damming of the River Aln downstream from the Lion Bridge increasing the width of the river to make it look more impressive as it flowed past the castle.

The society’s next meeting is on Monday, May 21, at Felton Village Hall when Mrs J Bowen will be discussing the ‘Life and Times of Dr Richardson.’