'a vast esteat to entertain soe many'
Who lived here?
Over the years many families had lived in the house. Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, later the French King lived here for 2 years in the 19th century.
New uses for the Octagon
The Octagon was used in a television version of Great Expectations by Dickens.
Today the Octagon and remaining buildings of the Orleans House Estate, including the stables have become an art gallery. The Gallery shows work by local artists and exhibitions of prints and original paintings of the area. The gardens are allowed to grow wild as a peaceful haven.