On Saturday 11th August 49 members and friends of the Society enjoyed the third summer outing with a full day at Blenheim Palace. The visit was organised by Chairman of the Society, Peter Raikes who provided this short report and on arrival members gathered for a group photograph.
“In glorious sunshine, we were able to view the beauty of the grounds created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. The Gardens Lakeside Walk was a must, taking in the Temple of Diana, Rose Garden, Arboretum, Cascade and Main Lake. The Italian Garden was a delight with many intricate knot gardens surrounded by peripheral yew hedge work exhibiting the finest points of the topiarist’s art. We wandered in wonder around the State rooms of the 11th Duke of Marlborough’s home admiring the furniture, paintings and tapestries.
The Palace built by John Vanbrugh between 1705 and 1722 for the first Duke – John Churchill – houses a very fine exhibition of Sir Winston Churchill. The room where he was born was viewed and many artefacts and letters of his early life were displayed and recordings of his war time speeches were broadcast. The tour of the State Rooms ended at the Long Library which, to say the least, was very long and spectacular and exited via the Chapel. Outside there was an area set aside which documented Winston Churchill’s school boy years and early military career. Close by, the Battle of Blenheim, the first battle in the war of the Spanish succession, was featured with impressive models, full size and scaled, and battlefield plans. It was here that John Churchill outwitted Marshall Tallard, inflicted a spectacular defeat on the hitherto invincible French army of Louis XIV, and secured his deserved place in history.
What a visit”.
who is also responsible for the last summer outing on 8th September to Sandringham.
The Society’s Winter Programme starts on 12th October. Details and can be viewed on-line at www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.