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For the first two years after Churchill bought Chartwell, he was out of office, but he was reelected as member from Epping in October 1924. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin’s cabinet until 1929. Politics dominated life at Chartwell but it was very much a family home for Winston, Clementine and their four young children. Although he demanded absolute quiet when he was working in his study, when that was over he joined in alarmingly strenuous high-jinx with his children.

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Winston and Clementine Churchill’s First Country Home


Mr. Wilkes’s article appeared in The Daily Telegraph of 20 October 2001, and is reprinted by kind permission of The Telegraph Group Ltd. Other articles on Lullenden appear in FH 48, 93, 103, and 110.

            Lullenden is a heart-of-oak house with all the yeoman qualities of its most celebrated owner, Winston Churchill, who lived there from the spring of 1917 until November 1919. Unlike Chartwell, which Churchill bought in 1924, it is neither great nor particularly grand. But it is old, warm and welcoming.

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Brief excerpts taken from Chartwell, published by The National Trust. You can order the book from the Chartwell Shop. It is full of description and colour pictures of every aspect of the house and its grounds.

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Man of Kent, Kentish Man

Feature Articles - Finest Hour 111

    Kent, that largely maritime county in the extreme southeast of England, was Winston Churchill's spiritual home for almost half his life. When he became resident in "The Garden of England" in 1924, if not before, he undoubtedly discovered that amongst the natives there is an ancient and obscure rivalry between "Kentish Men" and "Men of Kent." The story's origins are uncertain and its perpetration equally ambiguous. Very approximately, Kentish Men are from the largely land-locked west of the county, whilst Men of Kent are from the east which is bounded on three sides by the sea.

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Robin Fedden, the former Deputy Director-General of the National Trust, was the author of Churchill at Chartwell (Oxford, Pergamon: 1969), the definitive account of Winston Churchill's acquisition, transformation and occupation of the house and garden he so dearly loved. One sentence in Mr Fedden's book has always struck me as rather singular. He begins his chapter entitled "The Garden" with the words: "The charm of the garden relates to its simplicity."

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by Mary Digby

Assistant Head Gardener at Chartwell
Reprinted with permission from The National Trust Magazine

When Chartwell first opened in 1966, it was Lady Churchill's wish to have fresh flowers in the house, as there had been in his lifetime. These simple arrangements of cottage-garden flowers have been a feature ever since.

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10DowningVisit the official site of the Prime Minister's residence. In the History and Tour section you will find a interactive photo tour of the residence of Winston Churchill during his years as Prime Minister.

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