Lancelot Capability Brown 1716-1783
Father of the English Landscape Garden
Born and raised in Northumberland before spending his working life improving all four corners of England.
Lancelot Brown landscaped Wimbledon Park. His great skill was in seeing the potential of an estate; describing its great ‘capability’ for improvement. Hence his nickname ‘Capability’ Brown. The capabilities and traditional land use of Wimbledon Park were determined by its topography, soils and water supply. Dave Dawson: Capability Brown’s Wimbledon Park, A History, August 2016.
Only 61ha of the original 374ha remain and is in three ownerships. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (30ha), The Wimbledon Club (4ha) and LB Merton (27ha including 9ha lake)
On June 6th 2016 notice was given to the three owners that The Grade II* Registered Park and Garden (RPG) has been included in the Heritage at Risk (HAR) Register for London due to the following issues:
- Uncertainty around the future [of the entire historic landscape];
- The impacts of divided ownership on landscape management;
- Obscured designed views; and
- The deterioration of the Lake.