Children at Kirkharle in Northumberland

Discover Kirkharle in Northumberland

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This peaceful hamlet just west of Morpeth is the birthplace of the iconic Capability Brown, a leading light in heritage landscape design. Enjoy the incredible landscape he created in his hometown by visiting Kirkharle.

A peaceful hamlet​

'Capability' Brown’s visionary landscape designs have earned him the nickname the ‘Shakespeare of Gardening’. Born in 1716 at Kirkharle, Brown worked here as a gardener’s boy, before going on to become a leading light in heritage landscape design.

A serpentine lake inspired by him is Kirkharle’s newest feature. Stroll around the shoreline among trees and shrubs visualised by Capability Brown himself.

Visit Kirkharle Courtyard for a shopping experience with a different. Set in a restored historic farm courtyard, there’s an eclectic collection of arts and crafts shops and studios to browse, from furniture makers to naturally produced skin care ranges and a café too.

Take an easy stroll from the Courtyard to the Grade I listed St Wilfrid’s Church with its striking masonry. Look out for the individual mason’s marks etched in stones within its chancel.
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