Churchill and Chartwell: The Untold Story of Churchill's Houses and Gardens

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This book is a biography of Winston Churchill through the houses he lived in and the gardens he made. It culminates with the full story of his purchase, alteration and creation of Chartwell, Kent, where he lived for more than 40 years before and after the war, and which is now, in keeping with his intentions, owned and run by the National Trust. Churchill was born amidst the splendour of Blenheim Palace but, ever a restless spirit, he owned or rented many houses, both grand and relatively modest, over the course ...

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Overview

This book is a biography of Winston Churchill through the houses he lived in and the gardens he made. It culminates with the full story of his purchase, alteration and creation of Chartwell, Kent, where he lived for more than 40 years before and after the war, and which is now, in keeping with his intentions, owned and run by the National Trust. Churchill was born amidst the splendour of Blenheim Palace but, ever a restless spirit, he owned or rented many houses, both grand and relatively modest, over the course of his long life, including country retreats, modern town apartments and, as First Lord of the Admiralty, Admiralty House. But it was his house at Chartwell that would be for ever associated with his name. Based on extensive and scholarly archive study, this unique book brings to light an array of previously unpublished details and reveals a fascinating side to Britain's greatest war leader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711225350
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 12/25/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Early Influences     1
India and Africa     15
Clementine     37
Norfolk and the Dardanelles     55
Lullenden     67
House Hunting     81
Chartwell     105
The Chartwell Estate     155
A Loose Cannon     175
Emulating 'Capability' Brown     184
Livestock     197
Wartime Accommodation     208
Farming     230
Butterflies and Golden Roses     252
Postscript: Chartwell After Churchill     278
Notes     293
Select Bibliography     309
Index     313
Picture credits     324
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