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Repton, the second youngest of the school’s Houses, likes to call itself the “friendly house”. House members (“reptiles”) are encouraged to take part voluntarily in activities – one reason, perhaps, for the House’s frequent success.

Humphrey Repton (1752–1818) was born in Bury St Edmunds. His father was Collector of Taxes and the family intended that he should become one of the prosperous Norwich merchants. He married very young and engaged in several enterprises, all of which were failures. After a short interlude as confidential secretary to the Lord Lieutenant in Ireland he moved to Essex, where he failed in business as a gardener. One night after much worrying he decided to become a landscape gardener and the successor to "capability" Brown.

With his Red Books , collections of “before” and “after” drawings, he became a very popular and influential designer, fashionable enough to be satirised by Thomas Love Peacock and mentioned by Jane Austen in Mansfield Park. In later life, he also practised as an architect, designing Sheringham Hall in Norfolk.

He is buried in the churchyard of Aylsham parish church. “In the churchyard, enclosed with iron rails, and planted with roses, hearts'-ease, is the grave of Humphrey Repton, the celebrated landscape gardener, who died in 1818.”

Richard Sims, Housemaster



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