The traced view of the Building at St. Albans errected by Sarah Dutchess of Marlborough
Artist: Baskerfield, Thomas
Medium: Ink wash on paper
View of the Malborough Almshouses on Hatfield Road in St Albans. Sarah Jennings (1660-1744), was the wife of General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Malborough. She was born to a noble family and became Maid of Honour to Mary of Moden, the Dutchess of York, who later became Queen of Scots and England. She married Churchill in 1678 and socialised with Royalty becoming close to Princess Anne, giving her a powerful and influential position. She inherited some of the family estates in Sandbridge when her brothers died and the Duke bought the remaining land from her sisters. When he died in 1722 Sarah inherited the entire estate and became very wealthy. She founded the almshouses in 1736 and made the vicar of Sandbridge one of the trustees, a tradition which still exists today.