York Cottage

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Historic Buildings


Sandringham House is a country house on 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) of land near the village of Sandringham in Norfolk, England. The house is privately owned by the British Royal Family and is located on the royal Sandringham Estate
The estate is also home to York Cottage, built by Edward VII soon after he moved in to the main house, and in 1893 it was given by King Edward VII as a wedding gift to his son Prince George, the Duke of York (later King George V), who lived there with his wife, the future Queen Mary, after their marriage. Although the couple used Sandringham House, they preferred the cosiness of York Cottage, with the small rooms, the sitting room of which could only accommodate around four to five people, which suited the King as he wasn’t keen on entertaining.
York Cottage was also the birthplace of five of the couple’s six children. The eldest child, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later becoming The Duke of Windsor; then for a short time before his abdication was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, was born at White Lodge, Richmond Park.
Today, York Cottage is the Estate Office for Sandringham; holiday accommodation and flats for estate employees also occupy part of the building.


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