The Marlborough Pavilion was built as a summer house in the mid 1920s and decorated in 1949 by Churchill’s nephew, John Spencer Churchill. The theme of the decoration is John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough who was Churchill’s oldest ancestor:

On the north wall are the motto, Fiel Pero Desdichado (‘Faithful but Unfortunate’) – a reference to the loyalty of the 1st Duke’s father to the Royalist cause after the execution of Charles 1 in 1649. Four terracotta plaques on the walls represent rivers that played a part in Marlborough’s campaigns during the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-13): the Danube, the Rhine (with the sirens of the Lorelei), the Meuse and the Moselle. The terracotta medallions at the corners represent the 1st Duke; his wife Sarah; Queen Anne; and Prince Eugene of Savoy, Marlborough’s most steadfast Continental ally, who played an important part in the victories of Blenheim (1704), Ramilles (1706), Oudenarde (1708) and Malplaquet (1709). The low-relief frieze around the ceiling evokes the Marlborough wars. One panel shows the defence of the village of Blenheim, the climactic moment of the 1st Duke’s most famous victory.  *

The Malborough Pavillion

North Wall

East Wall

Chartwell from the Pavillion

*From the National Trust guide book

20 Comments CherryPie on Nov 15th 2009

20 Responses to “Chartwell – The Marlborough Pavilion”

  1. Denise says:

    This looks such a wonderful place!
    WE are so fortunate here in UK!

  2. jameshigham says:

    Gosh, how you find these things and then the patience to compose your shots. That was wonderful. Was that a portico above? What do you call that grotto like place? Excuse my ignorance here.

    • CherryPie says:

      I do my research to find the most interesting places (to me) James ;-) As to the photography it is something I enjoy doing, I find it quite rewarding especially when I can share the results.

      This was a building on it’s own and didn’t connect to anything. It was built as a summer house which is usually at the bottom end of the garden and a nice place for sitting in during the summer months.

      I suppose these days summer houses have been replaced by conservatories which have the same function.

      I hope that helps?

  3. Cherrypie: Trust you to feature a pair of balls (top) in one of your photos;-)

  4. Claudia says:

    Beautiful place, great photos. Amusing and amazing; we sing a song, in French, about John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. It starts:

    Malbrough s’en va-t-en guerre—–Marlborough has left for war.
    mironton, mironton, mirontaine—-rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat
    Malbrough s’en va-t-en guerre—–Marlborough has left for war
    Ne sait quand reviendra.———-Will he ever come home.

  5. Phidelm says:

    Beautiful spot, and interesting to see this commemoration of John Churchill (not such a great hero in parts of the West Country, thanks to his, er, efficiency at the Battle of Sedgemoor!). Lovely to see these, Cherie, thank you.

  6. Yes, lovely – and fab photos as always.

  7. liz says:

    You do visit some lovely places.

    (I’m catching up and have read all your posts.)

  8. sally says:

    beautiful photos…. :-)

  9. Claudia says:

    CherryPie – It’s sung to the tune: “For he’s a jolly good fellow.” Vikipedia gives interesting facts about it when you click,”Malbrough s’en va-t-en guerre.” Never thought when I sang the folk song, at 6, that, one day, I would visit your fascinating blog, and see a pavilion built around Marlborough’s story. So much fun! Thank you.

    • CherryPie says:

      I hadn’t got that tune in my head, thanks for updating me :-)

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I am glad I have given you a lot of fun :-)

  10. Bloomin Norah!!!!! you could write a book on places to visit!!! I for one would pre order a copy…..great stuff CherryPie.