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Chartwell

Chartwell was the principal residence of Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1964. When Churchill first purchased the house it was in a derelict state so he employed the architect Philip Tilden to modernise the layout and to make the most of its valley setting with views of the Weald of Kent. Tilden completely transformed the house, constructing a new wing extending eastwards that Churchill would proudly call ‘my promontory’. Upon Churchill’s suggestion, Tilden adorned the front with an 18th-century doorcase of ornately carved wood. The interiors remain much as they were when Churchill lived here, including decorations in pale colours with floral chintz curtains made by Lady Churchill. Terraced gardens laid out by the Churchills overlook a lake and a brick wall built by Sir Winston himself.

Visitor Information

Address:
Mapleton Road,
Westerham,
Kent,
England,
TN16 1PS

Telephone: 01732 868381

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Accredited Museum

Chartwell, Kent (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 5,690 items online

The collection comprises wide ranging Churchillian memorabilia, including paintings, some of them Churchill's own, family photographs, books, maps, cigar boxes and velvet siren suits. Also the working library - mostly twentieth-century books - of Sir Winston Churchill. Other books are known to have been kept in his London home, so while the Chartwell collection appears to be complete, it does not represent all the books which he owned.

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