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lottery grant money awarded for capability brown revamp

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:06 pm

I see that they have some lottery money


http://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-ce ... k-secures-£606800-lottery-funding-major
Wasn't sure if they still had a parks manager now that it is all contracted out.
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Postby Sveti » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:13 pm

Excellent news, Carolyn.
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Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:05 pm

Just thought I would put a couple of extra links on this, here is a around the pump that mentions the type of works:

http://www.ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk/i ... _nov14.pdf

All newsletters are here:

http://www.ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk/a ... tters.html

And lots of info here

http://www.ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk/t ... -park.html

Here is some useful info
http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-a ... 94/summary
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Postby oceanbreeze » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:25 pm

Carolyn, thank you for taking the trouble to find those links. Although I have never been in support of the scheme I have felt it a little unfair that people have been so quick to say that there has not been any/much consultation or publicity about the Park. As with all these things filling in questionaires, talking to exhibitors is one thing, then, suddenly, reality kicks in when the drama starts resulting in shock horror.
I suspect some people feel 'well what's the point, it's going to happen anyway'------c'est la vie.
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Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:37 pm

I have been watching the channel 4 program that sizzla posted a link, interesting the scale of landscaping that Brown did all those years ago. Wondering why there is no expanse of water in our park. Apparently his trade mark.


Plàns that were found for belvoir castle are amazing
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Postby oceanbreeze » Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:28 pm

I quite agree with your comment that Capability's trademark is the huge expanses of water, and that an excellent archive of his proposals has been found at Belvoir. I have previously commented that , to date, no such similar evidence in any shape or form has appeared in archived papers for Ampthill. Maybe when Ampthill Park House became The Cheshire Home , and then subsequently sold and developed into four separate homes, paper work has simply been 'lost' these things do happen and Historic England ( previously English Heritage) are very slowly compiling lists of houses 'lost' to Great Britain. I saw, somewhere online , a county by county record of such houses either demolished, still standing or on the Buildings at risk register, and slowly but surely they are tracing, where possible, archives to match. Maybe, one day such archives will appear for Capability Brown and Ampthill Park---you never know!
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Postby SCRABBLER » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:30 am

I always understood that the Ampthill Urban District Council acquired the Park from the Woburn Estate back in the late 1800's or early 1900's.
In which case, I am wondering if the then owner of Ampthill Park House had any rights to the Parkland, as such, and whether Capability Brown
was ever consulted with regard to the Park as it now stands. I think the connection of "C.B". has always been tenuous. The last owner of Ampthill
House before it was sold into three parts, was very much into the Antiquity of the building, and I am sure if there was a connection to "C.B" he
would have made that fact known. (Perhaps, Oceanbreeze, you remember the gentleman? He had the biggest collection of Antique Teapots I
have ever seen).
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Postby oceanbreeze » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:18 pm

Yes, Scrabbler I do remember the Gentleman and his Lady wife concerned--I had in fact realised that I had missed out his/their time of ownership in my previous comment. I believe they now live up North somewhere I wonder if news of the park has reached them.
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