Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.

In particular, it was built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. It was Marlborough who personally received the surrender from Marshall Tallard, leader of the French forces, following the battle.

To honour the Duke’s heroics, Queen Anne granted his family the ruined Royal Manor and park at Woodstock, along with the promise of funds needed to build a house to mark the victorious occasion. In return, the Duke also ensured that the Palace became a monument to the Queen.

Belheim Palace

Blenheim from the Formal Garden

At Blenheim I took two very important decisions; to be born and to marry. I am content with the decision I took on both occasions…” Sir Winston Churchill

The Temple of Diana

Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier at the Temple of Diana on 11th August 1908.

The year 2015 marks many important anniversaries in relation to our ‘Greatest Briton’, Sir Winston Churchill. These include the 50th anniversary of his death, the 75th anniversary of his first becoming Prime Minister, and the 75th anniversary of his ‘Finest Hour’ at the Battle of Britain.

In this key anniversary year you can read up on all things Churchill from his history, events around the country and news on a new website that aims to centralise all activity.

16 Comments CherryPie on Jun 2nd 2015

16 Responses to “Blenheim Palace”

  1. Amfortas says:

    That is some bench plaque !!

    Nice touch of technology, Cherie, that one can click on the photo and zoom in to read and examine the detail.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is and I would have photographed the full view of the Temple of Diana as well but it was surrounded by barriers because they were planting the Churchill memorial rose garden behind. It should be ready later this month.

      Technology does provide us with some wonderful things :-)

  2. Sigrun says:

    Oh, how beautiful and interesting, Cherie. We have not visited while we where near by, because there are so many things to see and to do!


  3. ....peter:) says:

    this is a magnificent castle and your presentation is very good Cherie….peter:)

  4. lisl says:

    The palace looks absolutely huge, Cherie. I have never yet visited

  5. Ginnie says:

    Don’t you love all the tits for tats in those days, Cherry. I especially like Sir Winston Churchill’s quote about being born and marrying. :)

  6. Like a palace, fit for a king or queen!
    Did you enjoy the visit, Your Majesty? ;)

  7. I have read about this beautiful space and would love to visit it someday

  8. James Higham says:

    Aneurin Bevan observed that Churchill was fighting Blenheim all over again. Now I see why.