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WELCOME TO BLENHEIM PALACE: 

HOME TO THE DUKES OF MARLBOROUGH

 AND CHILDHOOD & ANCESTRAL HOME TO 

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

         

Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, OxfordshireEngland

   

It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough

and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace

The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, 

and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

 

The palace is named for the 1704 Battle of Blenheim

and thus ultimately after Blindheim (also known as Blenheim) in Bavaria

It was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 

1st Duke of Marlborough for his military triumphs against the French and Bavarians 

in the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the Battle of Blenheim. 

The land was given as a gift, and construction began in 1705, 

with some financial support from Queen Anne

The project soon became the subject of political infighting, 

with the Crown cancelling further financial support in 1712, 

Marlborough’s three-year voluntary exile to the Continent, 

the fall from influence of his duchy and lasting damage 

to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.

 

Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, 

architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s.[3] 

It is unique in its combined use as a family home, 

mausoleum and national monument

The palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Following the palace’s completion, 

it became the home of the Churchill (later Spencer-Churchill) family 

for the next 300 years, 

and various members of the family have wrought changes

 to the interiors, park and gardens. 

At the end of the 19th century, 

the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough‘s 

marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt.

 

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blenheim_Palace

 

BLENHEIM PALACE GROUNDS

LAKES & ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES IN LANDSCAPING IS SO CAPABILITY BROWN-
THE FOREMOST LANDSCAPE DESIGNER OF THE ARISTOCRACY IN THOSE DAYS
WELCOME TO BLENHEIM PALACE
WORLD HERITAGE SITE
THE YELLOWSTONE YOU SEE IN THIS ARCHED ENTRANCE IS TYPICAL OF THE AREA.
THESE ARE COMMONPLACE IN COTSWOLDS COTTAGES AND PERHAPS UNIQUE TO THAT AREA.
THESE STONES RENDER BUILDINGS THEIR HONEY-COLOURED AESTHETIC
THE ARCHITECTURAL TASTES OF THE BUILDING IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY OF ONE ERA.
AS YOU CAN SEE, SYMMETRY & STRAIGHT LINES ARE VERY GEORGIAN
BUT THEN THERE IS A MOVE TOWARDS THE MORE DRAMATIC ARCHES & CURVES
THAT IS THEN ACCENTUATED BY THE MORE OPULENT STATUES AND TURRETS
NOW WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, THIS IS DEFINITELY "QUEEN ANNE" OF BRITISH ARCHITECTURE.
BILATERAL SYMMETRY, TRIANGULAR ROOFS, AND ITALIAN RENAISSANCE APPEAL
IS DEFINITELY QUEEN ANNE IN ITS TASTE

BLENHEIM PALACE
PORTRAITS & PAINTINGS

TOP LEFT PORTRAIT LOOKS LIKE QUEEN ALEXANDRA
BUT WHY WOULD SHE BE HERE?
IT SHOULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE THEN.
LILIAN, 8TH DUCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH
THE OBSESSION WITH COIFFEURE AND PEARLS THOUGH.
MARY, DUCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH
BY COUNT PALLASTRELLI DE CELLERI
EFFEMINATE FEATURES ARE HIGHLY REGARDED IN EARLIER PORTRAITS
LOOK AT THE UNNATURALY BLEMISH FREE & SOFT SKIN
ALMOST TENDRIL LIKE FINGERS
AND MOST OF ALL THE MONA LISA LIKE SMILE.

BLENHEIM PALACE BUSTS & SCULPTURES

To The Memory of QUEEN ANN
Under Whose Auspices JOHN DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH
Conquered And to Whose Munificence He and His Posterity
with Gratitude Owe the Possession of BLENHEIM
A:D: MDCCXXXX:VI:
WINSTON CHURCHILL by CLARE SHERIDAN
THE TRUSTEES OF THE BLENHEIM FOUNDATION
RECORD THEIR GRATITUDE TO THESE BENEFACTORS:
H.R.H PRINCESS FIRVAL
PRINCE KHALID BIN ABDULLAH AL SAUD
MRS. VIVIEN DUFFIELD
MR. & MRS. MARIO DE BOTTON
MR. & MRS. SULIMAN S. OLAYAN
MR. & MRS. WAFIC R. SAID
MR. GEORGE STRAWBRIDGE Jnr.
RAPHAEL DJANOGLY
THE RAYNE FOUNDATION
MARBLE BUSTS & STATUES LINE THIS MAGNIFICENT HALL
FLORA, A MARBLE STATUE
BY MICHAEL VANDERVOORT
A MARBLE BUST OF AN UNDENIABLY ROMAN SOLDIER
OR PERHAPS EVEN AN EMPEROR

BLENHEIM PALACE
ARTEFACTS & MEMORABILIA

Courage is the First of all Human Qualities because it Guarantees All Others

Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars (Q.O.O.H.) Dress Uniform
CHURCHILL CREST
SPENCER CREST

      

Transcription:

      

THE PASSING OF A HERO

 

Just after 8.00am, on the 24th January 1965, Sir Winston Churchill passed away. 

His wife, Lady Churchill, and his surviving children,

Randolph, Sarah and Mary, were beside him. 

     

Remarkably, Winston had predicted the exact date of his death 12 years earlier. 

In a conversation with his secretary, Jock Colville

he had stated that he would die on his father’s anniversary. 

And, indeed, his father, Lord Randolph, had died on the 24th January 1895

 

The mourning of Winston Churchill’s passing was worldwide 

and among people from every walk of life. 

Crowds congregated at British embassies 

to pass on their personal messages of condolences. 

 

General Charles de Gaulle wrote to the Queen: 

“In the great drama- he was the greatest of all!”. 

Premier Kosygin of Russia sent the message: 

” The Soviet people remember the great effort of Sir Winston Churchill 

in the years of the war against Hitlerite Germany.” 

Former President Eisenhower said he had lost 

“…a dear and close friend” and that the world had lost 

“…one of the great men of our time”.

   

   

 

SIR WINSTON SPENCER-CHURCHILL, KG,
DIED ON THE 24TH JANUARY 1965.
HE IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS
TO BE HONOURED WITH A STATE FUNERAL.
110 WORLD LEADERS ATTENDED CEREMONY AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, IN LONDON,
WHILE 350 MILLION AROUND THE WORLD WATCHED ON TELEVISION.
ON THAT DAY, HE FINALLY TOOK THE PLACE IN BRITISH HISTORY
THAT HE HAD ALWAYS FELT, FROM YOUTH, TO BE HIS DESTINY.
HIS REMARKABLE STORY ENDED NEAR WHERE IT BEGAN,
CLOSE TO BLENHEIM WHICH HE LOVED.
CENTRE STAGE IS THE MARBLE BUST OF
JOHN DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH,
1650- 1722

BLENHEIM PALACE
FINE CHINA COLLECTION

CHINESE PORCELAIN
KANG HSI PERIOD. FAMILLE VERTE

BLENHEIM PALACE
STATELY ROOMS

THE BLENHEIM PALACE ORGAN APPEAL
CHINESE JAEDITE PORCELAIN JUXTAPOSED
IN AN OCEAN OF OPULENT GOLDS
OPULENT REDS & GOLDS
IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT
THIS COLD-LOOKING HALL
HAS ALMOST LIKE A MAUSOLEUM FEEL TO IT.
STATELY DINING
IN A SETTING OF RICH REDS & GOLDS
WITH POLITICIANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARISTOCRACY WATCHING IN THE BACKGROUND
AS IF WAITING FOR A MOMENTOUS OUTCOME OF A NEGOTIATION.
GILDED EVERYTHING IS OLD WORLD STATUS SYMBOL
HUNTING / EQUESTRIAN SCENES
ARE HIGHLY CHERISHED BY THE ENGLISH NOBILITY
RED DRAWING ROOM
RED & GOLDS YET AGAIN,
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THEM
EVERY LITTLE PIECE IN THIS TABLE SETTING IS ALARMED.
THE ESPRESSO CUP / DEMITASSE IS MORE ITALIAN THAN ENGLISH I SUPPOSE
THIS TABLE SETTING IS MADE FOR DRINKING
LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF DRINKWARE COMPARED TO THE DINNERWARE.
THIS TABLE MEANS BUSINESS (I.E. NEGOTIATIONS)
THE AMOUNT OF TEXTURES IN THIS SCENE DOES NOT MAKE IT CHAOTIC
ITS JUST OPULENT
THIS A HUNTING SCENE
AND YET THE ARTIST MANAGED TO PORTRAY THE CHARACTERS IN A VERY ELEGANT MANNER

BLENHEIM PALACE GARDENS

THIS PALACE HAS A LOVE AFFAIR
WITH EVERYTHING FORMAL & CONTROLLED.
HAVEN'T SEEN MUCH FLOWERS HERE,
ONLY SWEEPING LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES.
THE FRENCH ROYALTY POPULARISED FORMAL GARDENS
AS A WAY OF EXTENDING CONTROL AND POWER TO ABOUT EVERYTHING
THEY CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON.
FORMAL GARDENS EQUAL ABSOLUTE CONTROL

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