A Few of Winston Churchill’s Favorite Places to Stay


Winston Churchill enjoyed luxury hotels, from Marrakech palaces to villas overlooking the Italian lakes. Click on the link below to see where Churchill liked to stay.

via Hotels with History: Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite places to stay | Telegraph Travel

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Must-Read: Winston Churchill’s Love Letters to his Wife


Winston and Clementine wrote fondly to one another whenever they were apart.  From time to time, they also wrote loving notes to each other while living in the same house. Here are a few highlights from their exchanges while courting, while Winston was in the trenches during World War I and during Winston’s ‘Wilderness Years,’ when he held no government position.



Blenheim_PalaceDE.jpgAfter courting for only four months, Winston proposed marriage on the picturesque grounds of Blenheim Palace. Clementine accepted and the next morning, before she departed, Winston had his footman deliver a handwritten note to Clementine’s room. The note suggested a romantic walk in the rose garden after breakfast.


Clementine did accept Winston’s offer to stroll among the roses after breakfast and she most likely ‘picked a bunch’ to bring home as a reminder of Winston’s love for her. She also returned home with the engagement letter for her mother. They were married one month later on September 12, 1908 in London at Saint Margaret’s Church.


In the Trenches, World War I

Even with a war raging on, Winston Churchill found time to corresponded with his wife. While in the trenches, he had some practical requests, like his hot-water bottle and his trench periscope, which he described as ‘most important.’ But it was obvious from his correspondence that Clementine was the most important person in his life:

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The following correspondence was sent from the war front marked: “To be sent to Mrs. Churchill in the event of my death.”

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During His Wilderness Years

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Mary Somes, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s youngest daughter, compiled their letters in a 700+ page book titled Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills. This compilation offers a rare look at the ups and downs of their relationship and takes the reader on a journey through political and social events that covered most of the first half of the twentieth century. To say the least, it is a fascinating read.


Churchill Collectables: Boer War Stereoscope Card

Churchill Collectables: Boer War Stereoscope Card


This stereoscope card is a photographic image of Churchill as a war correspondent during the Boer War. It was produced in 1900 by an American manufacturer, the Keystone View Company, as part of their Boer War images series. This stereoscope card is highly prized amongst Churchilliana collectors. It is one of the earliest career images of WSC. Also, while other cards from Keystone’s Boer War series are readily available on the open market, it is very difficult to obtain and seldom appears at auction.

Source: The Churchill Centre, Chartwell Bulletin #98

Rare photographs of Winston Churchill

Laid to rest: Sir Winston Churchill’s coffin is placed on to a train on the day of his state funeral, January 30, 1965. These pictures were released to mark the 50th anniversary of his passing

Source: Winston Churchill as you’ve never seen him before | Daily Mail Online

Winston Churchill’s First Election

This political leaflet is from the 1899 Oldham by-election. It was here that a young man named Winston Churchill stood as a candidate for the first time and began an astonishing political career. Churchill and his fellow Conservative candidate lost this by-election but a year later Winston returned from his adventures as a war correspondent in South Africa to win the Oldham seat at a general election dominated by the issue of the Boer War.

A blue plaque outside Oldham Town Hall now marks the spot where Churchill made his first speech as an MP in 1900. However his subsequent defection to the Liberal Party caused much ill-feeling in the town and ensured that he did not attempt to defend his seat at the next general election.

Source: BBC – A History of the World – Object : Winston Churchill’s first election

A Unique Glimpse Into the Era of the Queen Mary and Winston Churchill

Clark GableCarrying Hollywood celebrities like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and dignitaries like Winston Churchill, the Queen Mary was one of the most magnificent ocean liners in the world. 

However, only three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was commandeered as a troopship. In 1939 she was painted in camouflage grey and divested of her opulent creature comforts. Nicknamed the “Grey Ghost,” the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots—34 mph.

Though Adolph Hitler offered $250,000 and the Iron Cross to any U-boat captain that could sink her, Winston Churchill still considered the Queen Mary his headquarters at sea. He was a passenger three times during World War II, along with his dedicated bodyguard, Walter Thompson, at his side. Avoiding German U-boats, the ship sailed in a zigzag course and under blackout conditions.

After WWII, the Queen Mary went through a 10-month long renovation to be restored to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean was reinstated, and continued to serve the public for nearly two more decades.

Retired in 1967, the Queen Mary is now a living landmark and hotel in Long Beach, California. This week there will be several onboard events commemorating the 80th anniversary of her maiden voyage.

Produced by the Queen Mary, this excellent video gives us a unique glimpse into the illustrious era of the Queen Mary and Winston Churchill.