Newton Park (Bath Spa University)

Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN
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Overview

The landscape park at Newton Park (now Bath Spa University's campus) was laid out around 1761 by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, commissioned by Joseph Langton who built the new house at around the same time.

Langton died in 1779 and was succeeded by his daughter Bridget, who in 1783 married William Gore, of Barrow Court, Avon. Gore subsequently changed his name by royal assent to William Gore-Langton. Bridget died in 1793 but William continued to improve the grounds, calling in Humphry Repton in 1796Further improvements were carried out between 1902 and 1914 by Algernon Gore-Langton.

As one of their final projects, third year Heritage students from Bath Spa University - one of Britain's leading creative universities - investigated the role Capability Brown played in shaping the campus that they have studied on.

In association with the Capability Brown Festival the students devised Capable Creations: Noticing Newton Park as part of their final degree project. They developed an interactive web-based map and printed leaflet which helps connect students, staff, visitors and the local community with the origins and history of Newton Park, as landscaped by Brown.

The web-based map allows one to digitally explore the landscape and find out key information about points-of-interest. This is whilst telling the story of Capability Brown and how he redesigned the landscape at Newton Park, including how he built hills where there was previously flat land, dammed insignificant streams to form huge lakes and uprooted giant trees in order to replant them elsewhere.