Lancelot 'Capability' Brown worked at Moor Park in Hertfordshire for Admiral Lord Anson in 1750s.
In 1720 Benjamin Styles, a merchant who made a fortune from the South Sea Bubble, bought the estate, rebuilding the house and employing Charles Bridgeman (d 1738) to provide a plan for the gardens.
Admiral Lord Anson (d 1762) bought Moor Park from Styles sometime around 1754 and employed Capability Brown from 1753 to carry out extensive works to it during the 1750s, including remodelling the pleasure grounds. Horace Walpole visited very soon after the work was completed and recorded that Lord Anson had paid £6000 for “improving the grounds under Brown’s direction” at Moor Park. “I was not much struck with it after all the miracles I has heard that Brown had performed there. He has undulated the horizon in so many artificial mole-hills that it is full as unnatural as if it was drawn with a rule & compasses”. Thomas Whately, visiting in the 1770s when the landscape had matured, was much more enthusiastic.
The estate passed through several further hands, including Sir Lawrence Dundas, who employed Robert Adam in the house and to design park buildings, and the first Marquess of Westminster who employed Robert Cundy II, and laid out the Italian Garden. Lord Leverhulme employed Thomas Mawson c 1910.
Moor Park Today
In the mid C20 the park was laid out with golf courses and the mansion became the clubhouse, in which use it remains. It now includes two golf courses, with the remains of 19th/early-20th century formal gardens of 3 hectares. There has also been building development along the boundaries and in the south-east quarter of the estate.