Causing a great deal of interest at Havering Museum at the moment is a mini-exhibition marking the life and work of Humphry Repton, who succeeded famous landscape designer Capability Brown.
Repton was born on 21st April 1752 at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, but moved to Hare Street, now Main Road, in Romford in1786 because it was close to London. Among Repton’s successes was at Gidea Hall and Stubbers, now the outdoor centre in Upminster.
The display in the Museum’s reception area, includes phots of Repton’s cottage in Romford and the rare Red Book of Stubbers, dating back to 1796. He died aged 78 on 6th April 1827, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.