Britain’s formidable wartime leader, Sir Winston Churchill, was born in late November 1874 at Blenheim Palace. But why Blenheim Palace? Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace on the 30th November 1874, but why was he born in Blenheim Palace?
Winston Churchill Facts
- Full Name: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
- Parents, Lord Randolph Churchill, and Lady Randolph Churchill (Jennie Spencer-Churchill)
- Born: 30th November 1874, Blenheim Palace
- Place of birth: Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and is the residence of the Duke of Marlborough, built between 1705 – 1722
- Education, Prep school, Harrow in 1888 at 12, Royal Military College at Sandhurst
- Who could have been PM before Churchill: Halifax, declined the position of Prime Minister as he reasoned Churchill a more suitable war leader
- Churchill was voted out of office before the end of World War 2, making way for Clement Attlee to succeed
- Churchill became Prime Minister twice, 10th May 1940 26th July 1946, 26th October 1951 – 5th April 1955
- Churchill’s Foreign Secretary: Anthony Eden
- Churchill’s successor: Anthony Eden
- Died: 9 am 24th January 1965, at his London home, Kensington
- Buried: 30th January 1965, St Martin’s Church, Baldon
- Churchill Wife: Clementine Churchill
- Accomplished painter
- Author: Authored 43 books, winner of the Nobel prize for literacy
- Churchill famously said he made two important decisions at Blenheim Palace, being born and choosing to marry there
- Churchill’s first book: The story of the Malakand Field Force (1898)
- Churchill’s Speeches: Winston S. Churchill: The Complete Speeches, 1974 running at 9,000 pages in 8 volumes contains almost the entire collection of speeches.
- Winston Church was behind the tank, floating mulberry dock, the term ‘Iron Curtain’ and much more
- Winston Churchill famous Quotes: (There are many)
The Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, Mansion House, “The End of the Beginning”, November 10, 1942
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Henceforth Hitler’s Nazis will meet equally well armed, and perhaps better armed troops. Hence forth they will have to face in many theatres of war that superiority in the air which they have so often used without mercy against other, of which they boasted all round the world, and which they intended to use as an instrument for convincing all other peoples that all resistance to them was hopeless.
Why was Winston Churchill born at Blenheim Palace?
Blenheim Palace is the home of the Duke of Marlborough. In 1874 John Spencer-Churchill was the7th Duke of Marlborough and to become Churchill’s paternal grandfather.
Blenheim Palace was holding a St Andrew’s Day ball where Lord and Lady Randolph had left their home in London to attend.
Randolph later referred to the trip to Blenheim was particularly rough horse ride which triggered his wife into labour 2 months ahead of schedule.
The bedroom in Blenheim Palace where Lady Randolph Churchill gave birth is open to visitors at Blenheim Palace https://www.blenheimpalace.com/