Lancelot "Capability" Brown

1716 - 1783

Former Lord of the Manor of Fenstanton and Hilton


Lancelot Brown became known as "Capability" Brown after he once commented that he could see the 'capabilities' of an area which he was commissioned to landscape.



One of the few images of Lancelot Brown

Lancelot Brown


This section will contain details of the life story of one of England's greatest landscape gardeners, Lancelot "Capability" Brown.

Lancelot "Capability" Brown was arguably one of England's greatest landscape gardeners. Here you will find the life story of Lancelot "Capability" Brown and details about all the gardens he either designed, influenced or on which he worked.

The style of gardening introduced in the 1850's by Lancelot "Capability" Brown is colloquially known as "serpentine" gardens, a name derived from one of his most famous features a serpentine shaped lake. The most obvious example of this design being Hyde Park Gardens in London, UK, although not actually designed by Brown was certainly influenced by his work. As his influence spread this style of gardening has now become know as the "English Landscape Garden", this influence can be seen on nearly every stately home in the United Kingdom.

The section is divided into sections to make it easier for you to find your way about. The main sections we are working on at the moment are his life story and the gardens on which he worked.