Humphry Repton bicentenary year

Repton logoThe celebrated garden designer of Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square, Humphry Repton, died 200 years ago this year.

He was in many ways the successor of Capability Brown and there special events celebrating  his work across the country.

Two are taking place on our doorstep in Bloomsbury:

Repton in Context – a  lecture series at the Institute of Historical Research, Russell Square, starting 20 September. See

Repton’s London Squares – a talk at the School of Pharmacy during Bloomsbury Festival See

Or scroll below for further details.

Repton in Context

This autumn the Garden History Grapevine are repeating their very popular ‘Repton in Context’ course at the  (IHR). It’s an 11-week course from 10.30 -13.00 on Tuesdays from 20 September until 6 December 2018.

Course tutors are Stephen Smith & Letta Jones, with contributions from David Marsh, Kate Harwood, Sally Jeffrey and Susan Jellis.

The course aims to look behind the scenes of Repton’s life and set his work against a much wider political, social, and cultural background. The provisional programme includes sessions on the following themes:

®     Humphry Repton and his predecessors

®   Repton’s life

®   Repton’s Red Books: his technique in context

®   Repton, his style and the economy of estates

®   Repton and contemporary literature

®   Repton in London

®   Repton’s books on gardening

®   The rise of tourism & garden visiting

®   Repton’s Legacy

As well as weekly sessions at the IHR there will also be visits to sites where Repton worked: Wanstead Park, Panshangar, Russell Square and St.James’s Park.

For further details and to book

Repton’s London Squares

The London Parks and Gardens Trust has recently published a book ‘Repton in London‘ covering his work in the capital. The author of the chapter on Repton’s London Squares, Susan Jellis, will give an illustrated talk on this topic, especially his two Bloomsbury Squares, at the School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Square, on Weds 17 October at 7.30 pm.

For further details and to book


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