Visit Bladon, by Mouse
Where Winston Churchill was Born and is Buried
, in Oxfordshire
, is 66 miles northwest of London, and 8 miles northwest of Oxford
. We include it here because Sir Winston Churchill
and many members of his family are buried in the cemetary in St. Martin's Church in Bladon. The church is off a main road, just across
from an entrance to Blenheim Palace
, the place were Churchill was born. We went to Bladen to pay a call at the gravesite.
We had visited Blenheim on an earlier trip, and were duly impressed by the luxuriousness and spaciousness of this monument to wealth,
power and influence. By invidious comparison, Chartwell
, Churchill's own dwelling is much more like a lived in, comfortable home,
albeit a very expensive home. This trip we went directly to the church.
Our campsite was close. We walked out, turned right
on a wide road, passing some very nice homes. In the driveway of one of these was a very pretty aqua-colored Chevrolet, a '57,
Ron thought. Then we came upon an entrance to Blenheim and an inviting-looking pub on the right. Immediately thereafter
was a sign on a telephone pole pointing to the left up a street, to St. Martin's Church and the burial place of Sir Winston Churchill.
We entered the church grounds and found the Churchill family area between the entrance and the church. There were the graves of Sir
, his wife; his father, Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill
,son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough; Winston's American
mother, Lady Jennie Randolph Churchill
; another American, Consuelo Vanderbilt
, wife of the Ninth Duke of Marlborough; Major Randolph
Frederick Edward Spencer
Churchill, Winston's son; Diana Spencer Churchill
, and Sarah Churchill
, his daughters; John Strange Spencer
, Winston's brother; and Christopher Soames
, the husband of Winston's third daughter, Mary. Quite a family gathering.
on a bench opposite Churchill's tomb was an homage from the Danish resistance movement.
After a short visit with this illustrious
family--we did all the talking-- we went on and entered the church. In the back of the church was a memorial alcove containing
photos of the Churchill family.
There are photos of Bladon, the grave sites and the church on our photos page. More about the gravesites can be found on the web site
of the Churchill Society
On the way back to the campground, we came across a poster (see photo
) that declared that David Cameron, MP represents the Parliamentary
constituancy of Witney. Bladon is part of that constituency. Cameron also is head of the Conservative Party, which Churchill also
was for many years. Clearly, that part of England is traditionally conservative.