Sir Winston Churchill

Born at Blenheim Palace, Surrey, England in 1870, Sir Winston Churchill became one of the most important leaders of the 20th Century. Although he was deeply involved in the conduct of the First World War, he became the stuff of legend with his unflinching determination to combat Facism in the early 1930s, culminating with his ascension to the Prime Ministership of Great Britain in 1940, through the conclusion of World War II. Besides his career as a master statesman and geopolitical leader, he was an artist, gardener, historian, humorist and lover of life. Indeed, he was the quintessential renaissance man.

 

"For I, myself, am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else." - Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

The Chartwell House

Located near Westerham, Kent, 25 miles from London, Chartwell - named for the Chart Well, which fed a nearby valley lake, was purchased by Sir Winston in 1922 and in 1924 became the Churchill Family home. Set in a shallow valley, bordered to the west by Crockham Hill and to the east by Toys Hill, the estate provided a panoramic view of the Weald of Kent. Through the years, Sir Winston presided over the renovation of the home and personally built the brick walls, lakes and gardens that added his personal flavor to the landscape. He painted in the small garden studio located behind the house and dictated speeches and a series of important history books in the upstairs Study. In 1965, Chartwell was donated to The National Trust, which maintains the home as it appeared when the Churchill Family lived there. For more information on Chartwell log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk.