Old Windsor, Berkshire
During the Commonwealth, Windsor Great Park was divided up and sold off by order of Cromwell. Cumberland Lodge was a house built at the centre of one of these lots for a Parliamentary army officer named James Byfield at a cost of £5,000. At the Restoration, King Charles II made it the residence of the Ranger of the Park.
King George II's second son, prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, acquired this office in 1746 and took up residence for nearly twenty years. Hence the building's present name. His architect, Thomas Sandby made substantial additions to the place in 1759, almost doubling its size. This building was gutted by fire in November 1869 but was partially rebuilt early in the next decade.
Lodge is currently the home of King
George VI & Queen Elizabeth's Foundation of St. Catherine's
and is available for use as a Residential Conference Centre.
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