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The historic grounds at Compton Verney are registered as a Grade II* listed parkland. Most of what you see in the grounds is the result of a long-term project to restore many of the features which Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716 – 1783) created after 1768. Brown was commissioned by John Verney, 14th Baron Willoughby de [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Mar 21st 2013

[Capability] Brown changed the direction of the approach to the house and merged the five separate pools into the central lake, which he crossed with two new bridges. The Upper Bridge of 1770, guarded by four lead sphinxes, is thought to have been designed either by Brown or by architect Robert Adam.*

*From the Compton Verney Grounds leaflet.

10 Comments CherryPie on Mar 19th 2013

I am now taking you on a little detour just outside Shugborough across the Essex Bridge:

The Essex Bridge links Shugborough to the village of Great Hayward at the point where the rivers Trent and Sow join.
It is believed to be the longest packhorse bridge ever constructed and was built in the late 16th century. [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Feb 25th 2013

The Blue Bridge from my previous post and this Red Bridge both link to the island garden and arboretum. The Shugborough guide book provides information that would be missed on a casual glance:

The island garden is flanked by the original course of the River Sow on the side near to the house and the [...]

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