Wednesday, 24 June 2009

What to see: Winston Churchill’s grave, Bladon Churchyard

He was offered Westminster Abbey, yet Britain’s wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill chose to be buried in the modest churchyard of the small village Bladon, not far from his family’s ancestral seat Blenheim Palace.
Following his sumptuous state funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral, Churchill was laid to rest at Bladon in January 1965. His wife, Clementine, joined him there in 1977. Close to their grave are also the graves of their children as well as those of Winston Churchill’s parents, brother, nephew and Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough.
Inside the adjacent church, St Martin’s, there is a small photo exhibition on Winston Churchill and his funeral. Except for his modest tombstone and a plaque put up by the Danish resistance opposite it, there is no memorial to him here. But as one enters Westminster Abbey through its Great West Door, one will see a plaque in the floor which says: “Remember Winston Churchill”.

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