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View from south west Digital image of E 15468 cn

SC 769276

Description View from south west Digital image of E 15468 cn

Date 8/10/2001

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 769276

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of E 15468 CN

Scope and Content Bridge Lodge, Balmoral Estate, Aberdeenshire This simple little cottage is constructed from the same local granite as the castle. It has an asymmetrical front with an impressive enclosed stone porch, and a large crowstepped wing topped by an elaborate stone finial to the south (right). The windows have upper and lower sashes divided vertically to give four similar panes, and the door is painted in 'Balmoral beige', a colour chosen by Prince Albert. Queen Victoria had her own personal policeman to guard her and accompany her during her annual stay at Balmoral. He was on duty mainly at night, including when the queen and Prince Albert were staying with other members of the royal family in remote Highland lodges during hunting expeditions. Although the numbers on these occasions may have reached 19 or 20, the policeman 'came to do outside duty at night'. Despite tight security arrangements both at Balmoral and London to ensure her personal safety, seven attempts were made on the queen's life between 1840 and 1882. The Balmoral estate was bought in 1852 by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria at their own expense as a Highland retreat from the stresses of London life. Prince Albert initiated many improvements, including the building of a new holiday home, Balmoral Castle, in 1853-5, and put forward plans for a model estate with new houses and offices for estate workers and tenants. Bridge Lodge, possibly designed by William Smith, the architect who designed the castle, was built c.1855 as a police house. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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