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Blenheim Palace February 21, 2015

Posted by anagasto in building, history.
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This was  Churchill’s ancestral home.

1280px-Blenheim_Palace_panorama

A palace of this kind is expensive to maintain, and it was well known the world over that at one time the British aristocrats had to marry rich American women. To live in style they had to marry money.

Churchill’s mother was a heiress, too. As a little boy, Winston never got close to her.  Later in life, she became his best friend and used all her charms and her connections to help him get published or to obtain good commissions for him in the army.

Blenheim Palace was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1987. It is a monument to military glory.

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Blenheim_Palace_Grand_Bridge

This was part of the Blenheim park,  where Churchill and his cousins played as kids.

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This is the library.

I do not think that the family were great readers, and Churchill himself says that he never read much until he was a soldier in India and felt that he lacked some basic notions of literature.

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That would be a sitting room. On the wall, that large picture, is a gobelin, a tapestry where a painting is reproduced in thousands of half cross stiches to represent the shades of colour.

half cross stich

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20776/20776-h/chapter_5.html

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To maintain a palace like that you would need around 80 employees.  So?

Marlboroughs' selling off

Or another grandee’s exchange of porcelain for a pack of staghounds; I wonder whether he first asked his wife:

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Credits

The Blenheim Palace panorama by Magnus Manske is athttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0c/Blenheim_Palace_panorama.jpg/1280px-Blenheim_Palace_panorama.jpg  under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Blenheim Palace Grand Bridge by Boddha at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/Blenheim_Palace_Grand_Bridge.jpg in public domain.

The Blenheim Palace library by  Jvhertum is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blenheim_Palace_6-2008_3.jpg in public domain

The text GIFs are based on the Wikipedia page about Churchill and on http://www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/houses/blenheim.shtml

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Comments»

1. Hankering for History - January 13, 2013

Very beautiful…


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