Cumberland Lodge: A House Through History by Brian Hudson

Cumberland Lodge: A House Through History by Brian Hudson lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Architecture section.

Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 1989, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Appendices [4];

From the cover: CUMBERLAND LODGE is a royal house in a royal park yet it was built by one of Oliver Cromwells republican Ironsides. After the Restoration it was taken over by Charles II for his own diversion and became the residence of the Ranger of Windsor Great Park. This coveted office was always granted to someone close to the sovereign. At the Lodge they lived privately, shaping house and gardens to their requirements and architectural tastes.

The great Duke of Marlboroughs redoubtable wife Sarah Churchill was among them: she was foiled by Walpole in an attempt to arrange a clandestine marriage, in the Lodge, between the Prince of Wales and her favourite granddaughter, Diana Spencer. The Marlboroughs had followed Dutch Williams boyhood friend William Bentinck, first Earl of Portland, who had created formal gardens in the Dutch style; after them came George IIs son, the Duke of Cumberland. The victor of Culloden, Butcher Cumberland landscaped the park, creating Great Meadow Pond and Virginia Water, and revived racing at Ascot. George III added Gothic embellishments to the house, and George IV used it to entertain his visitors when he lived at Royal Lodge. One of these was the young Princess Victoria who, later, as Queen, when her third daughter Princess Helena married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, made him Ranger; the Lodge became their home for half a century. In 1923 it was granted by George V to Lord FitzAlan, the last Viceroy of Ireland. In his time, the abdication of King Edward VIII was first discussed there.

After Lord FitzAlans death, in 1947, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth granted the house to St Catharines Foundation, an educational charity whose patron is Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, to whom this book is dedicated. The house is now a meeting place for groups of students and young professionals from all over the world. Many of them, as well as all who know Windsor Great Park, will find interest in this fascinating account of a house and the unusual sidelights it sheds on the remarkable people who lived in it through more than three centuries of English history.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 192 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7½”.

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