Reference numberDP/504/1
Title"Red Book" for proposed improvements of the landscape at Lathom House, produced by Humphry Repton [1752-1818]. Surveyed September 1792
ExtentBound volume
DescriptionThe manuscript volume contains a map of the grounds to the north of the house and text and watercolours outlining the proposed improvements. Detailed contents given below. All folios have front only used.

Front endpaper, dorse: Repton's Trade card. Also pencil marking HN/41923
f 1 : Title page Lathom in Lancashire, a seat of Wilbraham Bootle Esq.
f 2 : Introduction. Dedication to Mrs Bootle. Dated at Lathom 10 Sept 1792, Hare Street by Romford, Jan 1793
f 3 : Plan of policies form Lathom House north to the plantation screen
f 4 : Situation and Character
f 5 : Of Unity
f 6 : Of Unity continued
f 7 : Gothic Buildings
f 8 : The Dairyhouse
f 9 : Section of the Dairy House, tipped in over ground plan of same. Watercolours. 10 ft to 1 inch 1:120
f 10 : Approaches north
f 11 : Watercolour sketch of north front of Lathom House from north west, with overlay showing walls to be removed
f 12 : The Park
f 13 : Views from the House, North
f 14 : Watercolour sketch looking north, with overlay showing existing pond to be removed. Repton notes the sketch was produced from memory owing to "the inclemency of the season".
f 15 : Views form the House, North continued
f 16 : View to the South
f 17 : Watercolour sketch looking south, with overlay showing existing pavilion and shrubbery, to be removed.
f 18 : Pleasure Ground
Rear endpaper, front : rough pencil sketch possibly of church or castellated house. Not obviously of Lathom or contemporary with the rest of the volume
AccessThis material is available to view at Lancashire Archives. See our website or contact us for more details.
Related materialA full biography of Repton can be found in Humphry Repton: landscape gardening and the geography of Georgian England by S Daniels New Haven 1999. Repton himself discussed the proposed work at Lathom in Sketches and hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
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