Church of St Peter and St Paul in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire contains only extant memorial
A fundraising campaign to restore the only memorial to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and his family in the UK has reached its halfway mark, following a successful Festival in 2016 marking the 300th anniversary of his birth.
The organisation responsible for it is looking to raise £40,000 to ensure this towering historical figure is properly recognised. No significant memorial exists in the UK apart from this one at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire – the only place Brown is known to have purchased land, and where he and his family are buried.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul was recently Grade I listed by Historic England. In addition to the many other historical and architectural reasons given for the listing, the fact that the church contains a memorial to such a significant historical figure was highlighted as integral to the decision.
Throughout 2016, the Capability Brown Festival successfully celebrated the life of this extraordinary man, whose style helped shaped people’s picture of the quintessential English countryside. Royal Gardener and grandfather of the profession of landscape architecture, he was an engineer, an entrepreneur, salesman and very effective businessman, running a large organisation working across the country.
More than 500 events organised by 21 partners were attended by hundreds of thousands of people across the country – helping the public gain a greater understanding of the impact and work of Brown. Events included major exhibitions, talks, workshops and performances as well as research, publications and the creation of new landscapes and activities.