The celebrated landscape gardener Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1717-1783) was responsible for the landscaping of the grounds of several large houses in the Southampton area. He drew up plans for Testwood House and carried out work at South Stoneham House from 1772. He also drew up plans for John Fleming's deer park at North Stoneham in 1775. A watercolour landscape of the South Stoneham gardens, thought to be by Brown, survives in a private collection.

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

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A portrait by Nathaniel Dance of Woolston House. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery.

Further reading:
‘The Country Houses of Southampton’, by Jessica Vale in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, volume 39, 1983, p173-4. (HS/i)


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