Towns in the Cotswold region
Blenheim Palace History
Blenheim Palace as it stands today was first started in 1705. It is named after a battle of 13th August 1704 near Blinheim, or Blenheim, on the north bank of the River Danube. John Churchill who was the first Duke of Malborough, defeated Louis XIV and in gratitude Queen Anne gave him the Royal Manor at Woodstock which was transformed into Blenheim Palace.
Perhaps the most famous resident of Blenheim Palace was Winston Churchill who was born and brought up at the Palace. The room of his birth is on view to visitors and there is a permanent exhibition of his life. From the Saloon, the tower of the churchyard at Bladon where Churchill is buried can be seen.
In the twelfth century, King Henry I built a residence on the site and this was later expanded by Henry II who enlarged the manor. The eldest son of King Edward III, known as the Black Prince was born at Woodstock Manor in 1330.
Set in 2500 acres of parkland, the gardens were redesigned in the eighteenth century by the celebrated landscaper Capability Brown.
Nearby Towns: Burford
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