Sir Winston Churchill
Blenheim Palace stands as an important place to “Our Greatest Briton”, Sir Winston Churchill and marks many key moments in his life, from beginning to end. From his birth at the Palace in 1874, Churchill spent his childhood fishing in the lake, exploring the grounds and painting the magnificent landscapes of Blenheim Palace – his painting of the Great Hall can be viewed as part of anniversary exhibitions. Later in life, Britain’s most famous politician delivered a speech to 60,000 conservative members on the South Lawn and proposed to Clementine Hozier in the Temple of Diana. He held a deep fascination for his ancestor the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, and held close relationships with both the family and the estate. Following his death in 1965, Churchill was buried at St Martin’s Churchyard, Bladon, a few minutes walk from one of the Park’s gates.
“At Blenheim I took two very important decisions; to be born and to marry. I am happily content with the decisions I took on both occasions.”
The anniversary of many key moments in Churchill’s life will be celebrated this year including the 50th anniversary of his death, the 75th anniversary of him becoming Prime Minister and the 75th anniversary of his “finest hour” at the battle of Britain.