The History of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace was built when Queen Anne awarded John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, with land and £240,000 for victory over the French and Bavarians, culminating in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Blenheim Palace is one of England’s largest houses, and it the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace.
Blenheim is still the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and the Spencer-Churchill family. As a member of that bloodline, in 1874 it was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Indeed, the 1st duke’s father was named Sir Winston Churchill; as was his biographer two hundred years later.