Essex days; Hylands House and Park

by Veronica

Holidaying in Essex we visited this lovely house. It was closed to visitors as there was a wedding in progress. But the exterior and park were lovely too.

Hylands House is a beautiful house built approx. 1730. At this time there was a craze for anything Grecian or Roman known as neo-classicism. If you look at the photo of the house you will see the Grecian columns at the front. It was originally a red brick house in Queen Anne style but has been changed and added to by several owners.
Chelmsford Council purchased the house when the owner died in 1966 and it was in a dilapidated condition. It was restored and is now back to its former glories. I couldn't see inside as there was a wedding taking place; what a lovely location for a wedding.

The park around it was beautiful and was influenced by landscape gardener Humphry Repton.

Hylands House

Hylands House
Hylands House

There was a passion for symmetry in houses around this time and this is a fine example.

My passion for having a day out saw me walking around this beautiful parkland with my family.

Hylands Park
Hylands Park

The stables

The old stables have remained red brick .

stables are red brick
stables are red brick

Humphry Repton

landscape gardener

The notable garden designer of the day was Capablity Brown and many fashionable people at that time had their gardens designed by him. When he died in 1783 Humphry Repton took the opportunity to replace him. Repton used his artistic skills to design gardens. He had a limited knowledge of horticulture but had excellent design skills.

Repton would visit places and make detailed drawings with overlays using before and after techniques. These were impressive  and gained him a great following. He coined the term "landscape gardening" for his work.

Cornelius Kortright who owned Hylands from 1797 to 1815 employed Repton to redesign his garden and many of Repton's plans were used and are still evident.

 

NB the love of symmetry at this time extended to gardens too.

Gardens
Gardens
a beautiful arched avenue
a beautiful arched avenue
gardens
gardens

The world garden

The world garden
The world garden
The totem pole !
The totem pole !

The park

The park is extensive and was being set up for a pop festival with singer Justin Bieber as the main event later this month. We ignored that and had a lovely walk through the park, just about two miles all together.

Swan pond with no swans !
Swan pond with no swans !
a massive park for walking
a massive park for walking

The Serpentine

The Serpentine
The Serpentine
The Serpentine
The Serpentine

The Serpentine

Everyone thinks of The Serpentine as being in London, which it is. But Hylands Park has The Serpentine too. I prefer this one to London's of course.

Another lovely day out for me.

Updated: 08/11/2016, Veronica
 
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Veronica on 08/11/2016

Yes Repton was clever in that he saw a niche after Capability Brown's death and filled it.

It is a lovely place to visit.

frankbeswick on 08/11/2016

What you say of Repton's limited knowledge of horticulture is not uncommon among garden designers, some of whom are artists and landscape architects rather than growers.They design and then leave the cultivation to others.

Veronica on 08/11/2016

Indeed, it is the furniture that I love to see and also the paintings.
I like to see the carpenter's skill in carving beautiful furniture with the precision of his eye and basic equipment.

I visit my son at least once a year so hopefully we will get inside the house one day.

TY.

blackspanielgallery on 08/10/2016

Excellent photos. Too bad you could not enter. It is likely full of antiques.

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