The Duchess of Rutland has launched a new book to coincide with the tercentenary celebrations of Capability Brown’s birth in 2016.
Brown’s plans for the gardens at Belvoir Castle were discovered in the castle’s archives after they were lost for nearly 200 years.
The new book uncovers the shocking secrets that almost bankrupted the Duchess of Rutland’s family in the late 18th century that would have put a stop to any dreams of a new garden.
It tells the Duchess’ story about her gardens’ development and the fascinating people that made it happened. She shows how his enduring landscape is still appropriate for today and for the next generations’ agricultural, environmental, sporting and aesthetic purposes. The informative text is complimented by stunning photography and includes views of many private areas of the garden that are not usually open to the public.
The Duchess faced financial problems and Brown’s plans for Belvoir were shelved until her ancestors began developing the estate years later.
The fifth Duke of Rutland rebuilt the Leicestershire castle in Gothic style with his wife Elizabeth. They chose to continue with Brown’s plans although it was considered too boring by many critics after his death.
The Duchess of Rutland – Emma – is the chatelaine of Belvoir Castle and has written the book with freelance writer Jane Pruden. It is available to buy from the Belvoir Castle website.
Available to buy: www.belvoircastle.com/product/capability-brown-belvoir