Cumberland Lodge

Explore the life of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, at her former home in Windsor Great Park

Cumberland Lodge is inviting people to our historic library at 2pm on Monday 21 January, for a talk by Peter Symonds, on former Cumberland Lodge resident and first female Ranger of Windsor Great Park, Sarah Churchill.

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, was one of the most influential women of her time. A close confidant of Queen Anne, both she and her husband, the renowned Duke of Marlborough, exerted influence over both the Crown and Government, taking advantage of their many court appointments.

Sarah’s shrewdness was matched only by her temper, which contributed to a breakdown in her relationship with Queen Anne and ultimately to dismissal from court. This talk examines Sarah’s life and influence, including her rapid rise, and ultimate fall, from power.

Tickets cost £10 per person. This is a fundraising event. All the money raised will help to support our work as a charity that empowers people, through dialogue and debate, to promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

To book your place, please contact Emma Albery on 01784 497790 or send an email to

The ticket price includes refreshments of tea and cake, to be served after the presentation.

There is free parking on site.