When his debts increased he sold the
estate of 7,000 acres to the monarchy and it was to
Sandringham that the future King Edward VII brought his
new wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark to Sandringham in
1863. Edward VII used to hold New Year shooting parties
at Sandringham. He was so fond of shooting that he
turned all the clocks at Sandringham back by half an
hour to make the most of the winter daylight hours. Thus
coining the name ‘Sandringham Time’. King George V
maintained this custom, but his son King Edward VIII
abolished it on his accession in 1936.
Unfortunately after a day spent hunting Prince Albert developed a bad cough, a doctor was called who diagnosed pneumonia and influenza. Eddy never recovered from this illness and died at Sandringham on the 14th January 1892 and so it was that his brother became the heir and eventually became King. George also married his brother’s fiancée Princess May. Their eldest son, David the Duke of Windsor was born at White Lodge Surrey in June 1894. He later became Edward VIII, King of England but abdicated in order to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson.
The Royal Family still spend Christmas at Sandringham remaining there normally until February. The house, grounds and museum are open to the public. When The Queen or members of the Royal Family are in residence, the house is not open to the public
The royal residence of Sandringham in Norfolk is said to derive its name from a shortened version of ‘Sant Dersingham’ the sandy part of Dersingham. For those wishing to stay near to Sandringham, the nearby village of Dersingham (under 2 miles) with its 'ginger bread houses' offers a wide range of accommodation. Dersingham village has a good range of amenities with a supermarket, butcher, Chinese take-away, fish & chip shop and two pubs offering restaurant and bar meals.
The coastal resort of Snettisham is only a few miles away. Here you will also find Snettisham RSPB Reserve with its hides and flooded former gravel pits.
Five miles away is the busier seaside
resort of Hunstanton
with its sandy beaches, indoor swimming pool and other
sporting and leisure facilities. Lots of
entertainment for the children here with a fair, donkey
rides and Sea Life Sanctuary containing displays of life
under the ocean waves.
The house was considered both small,
and badly laid out, certainly not large enough for the
six children that the royal couple eventually had, many
of whom were born within the cottage itself. Yet Prince
George is said to have loved it, even after the death of
his father King Edward VII, King George still lived at
York Cottage. Leaving his mother Alexandra to live in
the large residence of Sandringham all by herself, apart
from a large contingent of staff that is.
Many famous people were born at York
He died in his sleep at Wood Farm Wolferton aged just 14,
and was buried at Sandringham Church. The BBC brought to
light the sad and tragic story of this forgotten prince
in a recent dramatisation entitled The Lost Prince.