Blenheim Palace

I have been listening to The Churchills by Mary Lovell on Audible this week and I couldn’t help but stop and look for some images of Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough since about 1705…

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I thought you might enjoy a bit of armchair travel with me!

John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was rewarded for his military triumphs with a gift from his grateful nation – the building of Blenheim Palace…

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His wife was a friend to Princess Anne and when Anne became queen Sarah was named Mistress of the Robes.  Needless to say, she was quite influential for some time.  Later their relationship suffered and after a quarrel the money for Blenheim’s construction was withdrawn.  The Marlboroughs were forced into exile and were not to return until after the Queen’s death in 1714 when construction resumed.

Beautiful English landscape gardens surround…

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above photo by M Harding Roberts

Palladian bridge…

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so pretty covered in snow…

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the chapel…

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where the first Duke’s tomb is the dominating feature…

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A succession of financial woes brought about the sale of much of the artwork and jewels over the years in order to keep the estate running.  The financial rescue came about in 1896 when the ninth Duke found a drastic solution.  (cue Downton Abbey)  He married American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt and the replenishing of the palace began immediately.  Gems, tapestries, paintings and furniture were procured while the couple were honeymooning.

interiors today…

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Counties

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The palace remains home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Charles James Spencer-Churchill, who succeeded on October 16, 2014 upon his father’s death.

 Today the palace, park and gardens are open to the public…

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I am enthralled by the history of the family that produced Winston Churchill…

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Oh, did you know that Winston’s wife Clementine’s pet name for him was…

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Pug!

Have a great Saturday!

unless otherwise noted photographs are from Blenheim Palace Commercial Image Library

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a great book. Pics are great! Have a great weekend,

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      I am loving the book and wish I could see Blenheim in person! Enjoy your weekend too…

  2. Have been to Blenheim and have fond memories of one of the most beautiful palaces. Hope I can dig up my old memorabilia. XXS

  3. Love Blenheim and all of its fascinating history! One of my favs!!!