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Hylands: the story of an Essex country house and its owners
Author: Stephen Foreman
ISBN: 0 86025 492 5
£7.25

Hylands was developed in 1728 and has been changed many times since then. An ex-slaver brought in Humphry Repton to gentrify the estate, while a banker, who bought it in 1814, developed greenhouses and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Horticultural Society. Attwood had delusions of grandeur, became a Member of Parliament, but was disbarred.

Pryor was a philanthropist who rebuilt Widford and built Galleywood churches. Then the Gooch family made it fashionable in Edwardian times. The Hanburys acquired the estate and maintained it until the 1960s when it fell into decline. Now Chelmsford Council is restoring the house to very high standards.

128 pages, 40 photographs, 4 line illustrations, 2 maps

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