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Sheringham uncovered

September 10, 2013
View of Sheringham Park from Repton's red book. ©National Trust Images

View of Sheringham Park from Repton’s red book. ©National Trust Images

This autumn the National Trust is scheduling a number of talks and event around the theme of the British landscape. Our specialists will be providing insights into how nature and culture interact in a number of different landscapes.

Present-day view of the house at Sheringham. ©National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

Present-day view of the house at Sheringham. ©National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

The full schedule can be seen here. Next up is a varied programme of events at Sheringham, in Norfolk, on 14 and 15 September.

View from Repton's Sheringham red book showing the house appearing beyond a turn in the drive. ©National Trust Images

View from Repton’s Sheringham red book showing the house appearing beyond a turn in the drive. ©National Trust Images

Sheringham Park is a landscape designed in a deliberately ‘natural’ and ‘picturesque’ manner by designer Humphry Repton. In 1812 Abbot Upcher, who had recently inherited Sheringham, and his wife Charlotte commissioned Repton and his architect son John Adey Repton to improve the estate and build a new Italianate house there.

The picturesque turn in the drive today. ©National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

The picturesque turn in the drive today. ©National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

Repton senior produced one of his ‘red books’, the watercolour albums in which he showed his clients how the various views and amenities on their properties could be improved. The red books are fascinating in how they combine professional presentation techniques with a quintessentially romantic ‘sensibility’.

Walkers immersed in the Repton work of art at Sheringham. ©National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

Walkers immersed in the Repton work of art at Sheringham. ©National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

Repton skilfully arranged the route of the drive so that the first glimpse of the house ‘will burst at once on the sight like some enchanted palace of a fairy tale.’ He was also something of a nature conservationist avant la lettre, encouraging the Upchers to leave the old trees contorted by the buffeting sea winds as ‘sublime memorials of the power of Nature’s mighty agents.’