History Hylands House was originally created in the 1730s, and was at the time a two-storey red brick building in Queen Anne style of architecture. The current design was commissioned in the late 18th century by Humphry Repton, who rearranged the grounds and styled the house in the fashion of the Romantic Movement. The house passed through a variety of different private owners until 1962, when the last of these, Christine Hanbury, died. The house was offered for sale and bought by Chelmsford Borough Council who started to renovate the property. In 1967 Hylands House was awarded a Grade II listing, and in 1985 a dedicated restoration fund was set up. English Heritage permitted it to be reworked to its 19th-century appearance, and it thus gained its star rating! It is now restored to how it looked in Victorian times.