Talk: Minna Andersen on Nellie Ionides and Orleans House

Date(s) - Monday 11 January 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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This talk was held via Zoom (and not at Duke Street Church). There were 78 Zoom log-ins for the talk.

Nellie Ionides with poodle, c.1845

Octagon Room and service wing of Orleans House, Twickenham, now the Octagon House Gallery. Jim Linwood/ Wikimedia Commons

Orleans House was a home and meeting place for royalty, politicians and gentry in the two centuries that it stood on the Twickenham riverside. The borough was deprived of one of its most historic buildings when the house was demolished in 1926. Without the foresight of local resident The Hon. Nellie Ionides, reputed to be the richest woman in England in the 1950s, it is likely that the glorious Octagon Room would have suffered the same fate.

Minna spoke about Nellie’s life, her love of art and dogs, and her legacy to what is now the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Minna Andersen

Minna Andersen is a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Over the past 30 years, she has worked with embassies, government bodies, industry VIPs and heads of state, assisting their visits to London and offering them tailor-made experiences to explore London. These have ranged from art gallery tours and visits to famous London sights to specialist walking tours. Minna frequently appears in Finnish TV and news to promote all aspects of London. She is a volunteer with Orleans House Gallery and the Poppy Factory, using her skills as a speaker and as a guide to bring their history to life again.