Hylands House is a beautiful grade II listed building, surrounded by over 500 acres of landscaped parkland, partly designed by Humphry Repton. Built circa 1730, the original house was a red brick Queen Anne style mansion.
The subsequent twelve owners modernised and enlarged the property by adding the east and west wings, a colonnaded portico and covering the House in white stucco, producing the neo-classical style house seen today.
The last owner, Mrs Hanbury, died in 1962 and Hylands House was left empty for several years and suffered severe damage by fire and vandalism. Chelmsford Borough Council bought the House and Park in 1966 and embarked on a restoration program in 1986.
During World War I, Hylands House was requisitioned for use as a military hospital, and over 1,500 patients were treated there. During World War II, the estate was the site for a German Prisoner of War Camp, and the house was used by the SAS as their headquarters.
With this incredible history its no surprise that some of its former inhabitants wonder the corridors or linger in its historic rooms. Since reopening to the public in the 1980s there have been many reports of ghostly sightings and intense poltergeist activity, and now is your chance to investigate these claims with Fright Nights, the original ghost hunting company.
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Address: Hylands Park, London Rd, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ