Personal Sir Winston Churchill Chartwell Letter
Personal Sir Winston Churchill Chartwell Letter
Personal Sir Winston Churchill Chartwell Letter
Personal Sir Winston Churchill Chartwell Letter
Personal Sir Winston Churchill Chartwell Letter


Personal Sir Winston Churchill Chartwell Letter

c. 1963 England

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A remarkable and touching letter form Sir Winston Churchill, to his favourate granddaughter Arabella Spencer-Churchill (1949-2007), Sent on Chartwell headed notepaper, and signed in his initial "W" and underlined. Dated "5 October, 1963

Darling Arabella,
Thank you so much for the letter which I was delighted to have ... I am sorry to say that your grandmamma has been very tired and run down lately, and she has gone to the Westminster Hospital for a rest. The doctors say there is nothing organically wrong with her, and they feel confident that this rest will restore her. I am sending your letter on to her to cheer her up. The weather here has been rather dismal, but I get out in the garden when I can. I shall probably go up to London soon. With much love, your affectionate grandpapa, "W"

Arabella Churchill, was 58, when she died in 2007. She was the unconventional granddaughter of Britain's wartime prime minister and a founder of the Glastonbury rock festival. Drawn to the bohemian life, she was regarded as something of a wild child in one of the grandest families in Britain. Although in the mid-1970s she lived a down-and-out life as a squatter in London, she applied Churchillian energy to helping disadvantaged people, and founded her own charity, Children's World, providing entertainment for special needs children. "I'm immensely proud of my grandfather, and I hope he would be proud of me, but… I was no good at being a Churchill," she said in an interview. "People never saw me for me. It doesn't do a lot for your confidence."
She was said to have been Churchill's favourite granddaughter, frequently visited him at Chartwell and was a regular caller to his London house during his final illness in January 1965.
Stour House, East Bergholt, Suffolk, the childhood home of Arabella, and home of her parents Randolph Churchill, and June Osbourne, Randolph's second wife. This letter, and one other, were found tucked into the pages of a book in the Library at Stour House, where they had lain undiscovered for over forty years.
Included is a press black and white photo showing Sir Winston holding the hand of a young Arabella, on the occasion of the Churchill's fiftieth wedding anniversary, together with, an original press portrait photo of Arabella Circa 1967, aged 18.
Height 9.50 inch (24.13 cm)
Width 7.50 inch (19.05 cm)
Sir Winston Churchill personal monogram "W"in black ink
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