Beauty in the Landscape

Lodge Park, National Trust

The National Trust wanted to give visitors a sense of what this seventeenth century lodge was originally designed for and to provide them with visual references to help evoke the glory of the original landscape as they walk around the deer course and parkland remains. Based on archive diaries and accounts the film explores the life of John Crump Dutton who entertained friends at his new lodge with gambling and deer coursing. In 1709 his great nephew made further improvements to the lodge and commissioned Charles Bridgeman to landscape the deer park. To the narration of Samuel West shots of the parkland, deer course, the lodge and its interiors are woven with the few engravings, plans and documentation that survive.

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