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The Prophet in his own country

June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018


This June, to mark the bi-centenary of the death of Humphry Repton, the Norfolk Gardens Trust in association with The Gardens Trust is offering a two-day conference focused on Sheringham Hall and Park, Barningham Hall and Honing Hall, based at the Links Country Park Hotel in Cromer.

Proposal for Honing Hall after Humphry Repton, picture from Peacock's Polite Repository for April 1794

Our speakers are well known to garden and landscape historians through their books, lectures and consultancy work. Professor Tom Williamson heads the Landscape Group within the University of East Anglia’s School of History, a collection of academics, researchers and research students studying all aspects of England’s landscape, including landscape design.

Dr Jon Finch is an historical archaeologist who specialises in landscape, poverty, slavery and commemoration: key themes which intersect and inform much of the C17, C18 and C19. He is a Reader in Historical Archaeology and Director of Studies at York University for the MA course. Dominic Cole OBE VMM, is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute with some thirty years’ experience and throughout his career has engaged with the specialist area of Historic Parks and Gardens. He is President of The Gardens Trust and working with the National Trust to produce a Conservation Management plan for Sheringham.

Barmingham Hall, after Humphry Repton, picture for Peacock's Polite Repository for June 1809

We shall visit three of Repton’s surviving landscapes, two of which, Sheringham Hall and Barningham Hall, were commissions to both Humphry Repton and his architect son, John Adey Repton.

At Sheringham this was for a new house and at Barningham a remodelling. Red Books were prepared for all three, but only two, Sheringham Hall and Honing Hall, survive complete.

At Barningham Hall, Thomas Mott commissioned both Humphry Repton and John Adey Repton in 1805 to remodel the Hall. A number of watercolours have survived from the Red Book (private collection) which suggest that Humphry was also involved in the design of the park and gardens.



June 1, 2018
June 2, 2018
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Links Country Park Hotel, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9QH
Norfolk, NR27 9QH United Kingdom
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