• Benny Kuriakose

BLENHEIM PALACE AND WINSTON CHURCHILL


Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site

During my last month's visit to England, I & Kevin visited the Blenheim Palace. Part of the palace is open to the public with an entrance fee. Personally, I did not like the displays inside, I thought it was too crowded. The Churchill exhibition was going on and there was an interactive show called "Untold Story", which I did not find very exciting. Blenheim Palace was built and designed by Sir John Vanbrugh between 1705-1722 AD. The Blenheim gardens, designed by Capability Brown was very exciting and I will be posting the pictures.


Blenheim Palace Gardens by "Capability" Brown

The Park and the Gardens were designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. The views from different locations are so beautiful and the vistas created are amazing. The gardens have definitely contributed in getting the World Heritage status for the Blenheim Palace. The contours and the water bodies that you see are artificially created by Brown. He had done more than 150 gardens and the one in Blenheim is one of the best. He got the name "Capability" because he would tell the clients that their estates had a great capability for landscaping.


Winston Churchill


I had visited the grave of Winston Churchill, the former British Prime Minister last month. My friend Henrietta Spencer Churchill took me to this beautiful village church in Bladon in Oxfordshire. There is a stained glass window portraying Churchill. The sculpture of Churchill was in the garden of Blenheim Palace where Churchill was born. Many of the village churches are beautiful in the UK.

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