Fountains Abbey, and the 18C Studley Royal estate which followed, adapted the River Skel for their own purposes. National Trust lead archeaologist, Mark Newman, recounts key parts of the estate history.
Thursday 8 July 2021 7:30pm-8:30pm
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Title Wonder of the North: the Aislabie family’s designed landscape at Studley Royal.
Abstract Between 1670 and 1781 three generations of the Aislabie family converted an ancestral country property into one of the greatest designed landscapes created in the British Isles, which is now a World Heritage Site. In this talk Mark Newman, the National Trust’s Archaeological Consultant to the property, will tell the fascinating story of how this was achieved; how the estate was steadily expanded to provide space for each new successive eighteenth century garden fashion, and the unique landscaping genius of father and son, John and William Aislabie.
Our Speaker Mark Newman is the archaeological consultant for the Yorkshire and North East region of the National Trust and has been the NT’s archaeological adviser for Fountains Abbey and the Studley Royal Estate since 1988. Mark has an intimate knowledge of the estate, having also been a resident of Fountains Hall from 1988 to 1995. In 2015 he published what must be the definitive account to date of the historical evolution of the Studley Royal landscape that is now recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: The Wonder of the North, available from the Boydell Press.