History The mansion was erected for Sir John Wentworth, a member of Cardinal Wolsey's household, in 1545. Later frequented by Queen Elizabeth I, the house rapidly gained a reputation as a palatial environment, fit for highstanding members of society. In 1691 the estate was passed to Sir Thomas Millington, who reconstructed The Grand Salon, then changed hands through multiple owners, and during the French Revolution became the residence of King Louis XVIII while he lived in exile in England. Restoration works were carried out by Samuel Courtauld, who resided in the house between 1854 and 1881, and it was used as a base for Essex troops in World War II. Nowadays it serves as an event venue and accommodates 250 weddings per year.