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Brief description of site

Hylands Park is an 18th-century landscape park designed by Humphrey Repton including a serpentine lake, orchestrated vistas and pleasure gardens. The site occupies about 233 hectares. Areas of the parkland have been recently restored with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Brief history of site

A house was built in 1728, and was named Highlands. By 1777 there was an associated park of 41 hectares, along with formal and kitchen gardens. Under new ownership from 1797, the park and house were extended and transformed by Humphry Repton. The park was further expanded and the gardens embellished after 1821. The house was damaged by fire after 1962 and the site was purchased by Chelmsford Borough Council in 1966.

Location information:

Address: Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

Local Authorities:

Essex; Chelmsford; Writtle

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 167 Grid Ref: TL684042
Latitude: 51.7113 Longitude: 0.436051

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1728

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Reconstructed

Site Size (Hectares): 233

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