Studley Royal and Hackfall

Studley Royal and Hackfall: Their place in English garden history

This lecture aims to describe the 'English landscape garden' style that was popular in the 18th century by looking at two sites created by John and William Aislabie.

We have the view that this style just involves a Palladian mansion, surrounded by a sea of turf, clumps of trees and an impressive lake with the ‘design’ done by professional improvers such as Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. However the 18th century (landscape) garden was more varied than this. Many owners demonstrated their creativity and used their garden to make (often political) statements. Studley Royal and Hackfall provide two important examples of this ‘art of garden making’.