Royal Sandringham by Rob Topliss


The village of Sandringham is located perhaps a few kilometres south of the village of Dersingham. The parish of Sandringham rises from Sandringham itself taking in the picturesque villages of West Newton and Wolferton. There are numerous churches of all faiths nearby. Sandringham is a Norfolk village and civil parish.
However, Sandringham House is perhaps the most notable and recognisable feature in this part of Norfolk.  Sandringham House, is the beautiful and much loved Norfolk country home of HM The Queen (first opened to the public in 1977).  This famous Norfolk landmark has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. Queen Elizabeth II typically marks the anniversary of the death of her father, King George IV at Sandringham, as well as Christmas and New Year.

Sandringham House is set in 60 acres of stunning gardens and is probably the most famous stately home in Norfolk.   and is at the heart of the 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate, 600 acres of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, which is open to the public free of charge every day of the year. Sandringham Estate is considered a key Norfolk shooting location with its natural woodlands and forest teeming with wildlife. Numerous walks may be found within the forests and grounds. Strolling through Sandringham you cannot help but feed your soul with the tranquillity and peace that surrounds it.

The Estate is a thriving mixed landscape, including the tidal mudflats of the Wash, woodland and wetland, arable, livestock and fruit farms, and commercial and residential properties; it is managed to a high standard and sustainably with the aims always of being financially self- sufficient and of providing a place of enjoyment not only for The Royal Family but also for the many thousands of visitors who come to see the House, Museum and Gardens or just to enjoy the Country Park.

Tucked away in Anmer is the Sandringham Stud where HM The Queen keeps her prized racehorses.  The Stud has been established since 1886 and is the oldest horse breeding establishment in the world.   The Sandringham Stud was established by Edward, Prince of Wales and was a significant catalyst in the development of the national thoroughbred bloodstock. As you pass the entrance to the Stud, you cannot miss the beautifully cast statue of the famouse racehorse "Persimmon".

Generations of Dersingham residents have have had ties or worked within the Sandringham Estate (and the Stud too) over the years and this is true even today.  Within Sandringham Estate lies Park House where Princess Diana was born in 1961. Park House is now a holiday retreat for the disabled and their carers.  Park House also takes lunch bookings for non-residents by arrangement.  Many Dersingham people are involved with supporting the work of Park House.

Dersingham Village Sign Sandringham House - View from Across the Lake by Rob ToplissSandringham Church by Rob ToplissPark House by Stella Gooch

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