9th Duke of Marlborough

The one who created the Formal Gardens

Duke from 1892 - 1934

When Charles Spencer-Churchill inherited the Estate in 1892, he was determined to restore and restore and update the Palace. The only problem with this was his lack of funds. He solved this problem by marrying Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was a member of one of America’s richest families.

With her dowry, he completely redecorated the first, second and third State Rooms, and built up the book collection in the Long Library. Outside, he created two of our Formal Gardens, the Water Terraces and the Italian Garden, and restored the Great Court to what we see today. The 9th Duke also restored the Grand Avenue of elms, planting half a million trees in total during his time at the Palace.

10th Duke of Marlborough

 
9th Duke of Marlborough
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