Sir Winston S Churchill Letter to his Granddaughter
Sir Winston S Churchill Letter to his Granddaughter
Sir Winston S Churchill Letter to his Granddaughter


Sir Winston S Churchill Letter to his Granddaughter

c. 1964 England

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Touching note form Sir Winston Churchill, to his favourate granddaughter Arabella Spencer-Churchill (1949-2007), then aged fifteen. Sent on 28 hyde Park Gate headed notepaper. On 27 January 1964, almost a year to the day when Churchill died in 1965.
An original press photo of Arabella, at home at Stour.

Dearest Arabella,
Thank you so much for your interesting and long letter. I am very glad that all goes well with you, and I hope I shall see you again before long.
Always your affectional grandfather, W Churchill

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 an original black and white press photo of Arabella as a young woman.
Height 9.50 inch (24.13 cm)
Width 7.50 inch (19.05 cm)
Signed in blue ink
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