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An Investigation of the Design and Evolution of the Rothley Lakes Landscape, Wallington, Northumberland

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Caron Newman



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne , 2019.

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The tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was in 2016. To help mark the anniversary, archaeological desk-based research, survey and excavations were carried out at Rothley High Lake on the Wallington estate in Northumberland. The estate has close associations with Brown, who was born at nearby Kirkharle. The project examined the nature of the neglected designed landscape at the lake and helped to untangle the story behind the creation of the designed landscape around the High Lake. Even though Brown is known to have designed the adjacent Low Lake, no direct involvement with Brown was found at the High Lake, despite the lake’s ‘Brownian’ style. Even so, Rothley High Lake and its environs was part of an appreciation of landscape based on movement and experiencing scenery from both land and water.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Newman C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archaeologia Aeliana

Year: 2019

Volume: 47

Pages: 201-221

Online publication date: 09/10/2019

Acceptance date: 11/03/2019

Date deposited: 31/07/2019

ISSN (electronic): 0261-3417

Publisher: Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne