Chartwell, near Westerham, Kent, England, April 2023
Chartwell is a country house which was home to Winston Churchill for forty years from 1922 until shortly before his death in January 1965. The present house largely dates from rebuilding in 1923–24 and was designed by society architect Philip Tilden. The estate has origins dating back as far as the 14th century. The gardens have extensive views over the Weald of Kent, which was a key factor in Churchill’s decision to buy the house.
The house is today owned by the National Trust who have preserved it as it was in the 1930s. The National Trust acquired Chartwell in 1946 when financial constraints forced Churchill to consider selling the house. This led a consortium of Churchill’s friends to raise funds to acquire the house, who then gave it to the National Trust, but with the Churchills retaining a life-tenancy.