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Orleans House

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Orleans House
Richmond-upon-Thames, Greater London, England
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The banks of the River Thames on the western outskirts of London are dotted with historic houses, remnants of the days when nobles built their grand residences in what was then countryside splendour, far from the grime and bustle of central London. Today places like Ham House, Strawberry Hill House, Chiswick House, and Syon remain as reminders of a glorious architectural past. One remnant that goes largely unnoticed by tourists is Orleans House, set in leafy grounds a short stroll west of Marble Hill House on the north bank of the Thames in the borough of Richmond. Orleans House was built in 1710 for James Johnston, the Secretary of State for Scotland, with a fabulous Octagon Room in baroque style added in 1720 by James Gibbs. What is now left of the house acts as the major art gallery for Richmond borough, with free entry.

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