The gardens at Himley Hall in Staffordshire were extended by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown for James Ward, Viscount Dudley and Ward in the 1770s.
Himley was one of the many estates where Brown was assisted by John Spyers, whose primary role was as a surveyor. Spyers spent about 14 days at Himley in September and October 1774. His plan of the grounds, which is typical of his contribution to Brown’s practice, survives in the Dudley Archives.
Work included the creation of the great lake, a new carriage approach to the Hall from the Dudley Road, and the planting of scattered clumps of trees throughout the estate. Archaeological evidence suggests that Henry Holland, Capability Brown's son-in-law and an accomplished architect, also came to Himley and made further additions and alterations to the house at this time.