Significant People & Places
This topic covers Blenheim Palace, its significance in local history, and the significance of certain people in the Palace's history. This tour is suited to Key Stage One students and elements of the topic can be combined for one visit, or focused on individually.
A significant place: Blenheim Palace
Students will learn why and how Blenheim Palace was built and the impact this had on the local area.
Woodstock increased in size after the Palace was built and since its beginning the Palace has been a major employer of local people. The Estate also purchased goods from local shopkeepers and craftsmen. Traditionally the various Dukes have supported local schools, churches, clubs and societies. Past Dukes have overseen the Manor Courts and so been involved in local justice. They have also been Mayors of Woodstock. In these ways, Blenheim Palace and the family who live in it occupy an important place in local history.
A significant local person: Sir Winston Churchill
This part of the topic teaches students about the life of Sir Winston Churchill.
He was born at Blenheim Palace on 30th November 1874. At this time the Palace was the home of the 7th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Churchill’s grandparents.
Churchill was a Victorian who went on to lead the country to victory during the Second World War. In his life he was, amongst other things, a soldier, a journalist, a published author, a Nobel Prize winner and a politician. He died in 1965 and was buried at St Martin’s Church, Bladon, within sight of the Palace.
The tour will give students insights into these and many other aspects of his life and career.
A significant local person: The 1st Duke of Marlborough
Blenheim Palace was built as a reward for John Churchill after his victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. He died one of the wealthiest men in the country in 1722, but he started life in relatively humble circumstances. His father, the first Winston Churchill, had been ruined by the Civil War. The tour will give students insights into how he lived including the fashion and food of the time, as well as how the Duke was educated and the importance of Queen Anne in his rise to power.