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Did you know that legend has it Sir Winston Churchill was born in a ladies toilet during a dance at Blenheim Palace ? His mother went into labour early, brought on by a fall while out with a shooting party. Churchill refused to confirm or deny the story, once supposedly saying: “Although present on the occasion, I have no clear recollection of the event.”

Did you know that Sir John Vanbrugh never got to see the completed Blenheim Palace that he designed for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough? The Duchess loathed him, and he was angered by her use of second-rate (to his eyes) craftsmen to finish the great project. His plans were employed to the end though he was not. When he visited Blenheim in 1725 to see his creation he was barred from entry at the gate.

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