A Timeline of Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s Life

1716 – Born in Kirkdale, Northumberland.

1732 – Starts work as garden boy for Sir William Loraine, the local landowner.

1739 – Moves south to work at Stowe.

1741 – Promoted to head gardener at Stowe, the seat of Lord Cobham. Shortly afterwards is also made clerk of works. Brown starts the naturalisation of Stowe and in 1742 -1743 laid out the south lawn followed by the Grecian Valley and Palladian Bridge.

1749 – Lord Cobham dies and Brown starts taking outside commissions although he didn’t leave Stowe until 1751.

1750 – Employed by the 6th Earl of Coventry to rebuild Croome Court, Worcester and lay out the gardens

By 1751 – Laid out the grounds of Warwick Castle

1751 – Moved to Hammersmith

1753 – Starts work at Petworth

1754 – Starts work at Burghley on both the house and the gardens

1761- 14th October – signs contract with Charles, 7th Earl of Northampton for work at Castle Ashby

1764 – Appointed Surveyor to His Majesty’s Gardens and Waters.
Moved to Hampton Court Started work at Blenheim

1767 – Buys Manor of Fenstanton, Huntingdon from Spencer, 8th Earl of Northampton

1773 – Brown’s daughter Bridget married Henry Holland who increasingly took on the architectural side of Brown’s work. Bridget’s dowry was £5000

1779 – Proposes a design for the Backs at Cambridge

1783 – 6th February, Dies in London. Buried at Fenstanton