"The Hylands is the eastern one of a group of three 18th-century houses. in Dorking Road. It stands in a fore-court enclosed by wrought-iron railings, with vases, abutting on brick piers carrying stone vases, and an iron gate with an overthrow. It is flanked on east,and west by two stable yards and buildings. Behind is a walled garden with old yew trees spaced apart in the taste of Queen Caroline.
Originally there was here a house of late 17th-century building,of which the kitchen wing still exists. In the second quarter of the 18th century the house was reconstructed and extended to the east. This later building is of red brick in two storeys and a garret. The end compartments of the front elevation break forward, and there is a rusticated doorway with a pediment. The older part has a modillion cornice. The back elevation corresponds, but the sash-frames of the older part are flush.
The entrance hall extends the full depth of the house and is stone paved; wooden galleries carried on columns and arches run round three sides; and the staircase in the middle is in two flights with tapered balusters, wide hand-rails with breaks and carved brackets on the ends of the treads . The lower rooms have plastered walls. In the ground-floor west back room, part of the older house, is an early 19th-century grate with trusses to the hobs. Several chimney-pieces from a late 17th-century house have been made use of in the new building; that in the ground floor room east is of ogee section in veined marble; the room above has a similar one and an l8th-century hob-grate. The west back bedroom, 17th century, has its original flat chimney-piece with a fluted key-stone and in it an 18th-century hob-grate. The dressing-room adjoining is panelled in pine with bolection mouldings, and has a similar chimney-piece to the last and an original sash-window with bars of 1 and three quarter inches wide.
The kitchen, which is on a lower level than the later house, possesses an arched panelled chimney-piece intended for a roasting range, a moulded wooden cornice and a charcoal hot-plate faced with Dutch tiles. The back staircase in this part of the house has a solid string, deep moulded hand-rail and spiral balusters. In the wash-house adjoining is an old pastry oven with its furnace."
"In 1680 John Playford, gentleman, held one messuage, one stable, one woodhouse, one garden and one orchard, half an acre, abutting on the gardens of John Michell on the east, on lands of the lady of the manor on the south, on the messuage and lands called the New Inn on the west, and on Beccon Soales Lane leading from Ebbisham Street to the common on the north."[Lehmann 3A3]
"A pyramidal monument, adorned with a bust placed on a pediment above a sarcophagus. On the pyramid is this inscription: 'Beneath this monument are deposited the remains of Edward Harrison, esq. third son of Richard Harrison, of Balls [Park],in the County of Hertford, esq. to which seat, the estate of the family, he succeeded upon the death of his elder brother.
He was born on the 3d of Dec. 1674, and married Frances daughter of Reginald Bray, esq. of a very antient and noble family seated at Barrington in Glostershire, by whom he had one son and three daughters,which all died in their infancy except Ethelreda, married to Charles Lord Viscount Townshend. He spent his youth in the service of the East India Company, wherein he was raised to be Governor of Fort St George in the year 1711; in the discharge, of which important trust be preserved great reputation for ability; the esteem of the Company he served;and the affection of the people he governed.
Upon his return to England in the year 1721, he had the honour to be elected by the Corporation of Hertford one of their Representatives in Parliament; and in the year 1726 he was appointed Post-Master General by his Majesty,King George the First.
He died on the 28th of November, 1732, aged 58 years.
Beneath the same monument are also deposited, by her own direction, the remains of his widow Frances Harrison. She was born on the 25th of Feb. 1674, and died on the 12th of May, 1752, aged 78 years. To the necessitous she was a constant benefactress; to her dependants a benevolent friend; to her family an affectionate parent; and to the world a perfect example of that tranquillity and happiness of mind which always accompanies the practice of Virtue'."
"the small forecourt was enclosed by iron railings on a dwarf wall with moulded stone coping, abutting on brick piers with stone caps and Baroque vases. The verticals are 3 feet 6 inches high and of varying thicknesses about 1 inch square, and are leaded into the stone at 5 inch centres; they have concave spike heads and swages; the posts are one and a quarter inches square, stayed to the coping, and are finished with cast-iron vases of Baroque pattern. The wicket gate of tall plain bars and arrow-headed dog-bars corresponds; the pilasters are similar, and support an overthrow formed of scrolls, water-leaves and twists on a plain horizontal base. The top rail of the fence finishes with scrolled iron buttresses against the pilasters and the brick piers".
Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH Late Wife of MICAJAH PERRY Esq. Daughter of Mr. RICHARD and MRS. ANN COCKE who was posses'd of many great and good qualities Being a tender faithfull and affectionate wife; An agreeable companion A wise and sincere friend A kind and generous relation A foe to no one Benevolent to all She lived many years in this Parish. Esteemed, Beloved, and Honoured by all who knew her, And Died Universally lamented On the 10th day of October 1738 In the 39th year of her age.
"In the spring of 1743 he went to Bath 'in a condition which made his friends despair for his life', suffering from 'a dropsy and not able ever to attend' the meetings of the corporation. In November 1746 he resigned his aldermancy owing to ill-health. Having apparently fallen into financial difficulties, he was granted a pension of £200 p.a. by the court of aldermen, to whom he returned 'his most humble and hearty thanks for their generous and kind concern for him and for the seasonable support they have given him in his present necessity'. He died 22 Jan. 1753".
'SUTHERTON ROBERTS only son of JOHN and MARY ROBERTS born 28th December 1822 died 24th June 1852 aged 29 also MARY widow of JOHN ROBERTS died 7th September 1865 aged 70 also ELIZABETH ROBERTS only daughter of the above who died at The Hylands Epsom August 27th 1890 in the 77th year of her age'.