We visited Blenheim Palace in the summer of 1992, which was constructed between 1705 and 1724 just west of the town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, England.
If you visit Google Map and type in, “Blenheim Palace” it will show you the idyllic location and overhead view of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Blenheim Palace is the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the childhood home of Sir Winston Churchill; and we had beautiful weather for our visit that day.
Life in England during the summer of 1992 continued to be an excellent time for our family; we were all settled in and were finally enjoying the beautiful sights that England had to offer.
In the back of my mind though was the reality of the approaching fall, with the continuing downsizing of two-seat fighter aircraft by the Air Force, and discussions of the possible closure of RAF Upper Heyford sometime in the future.
Around 1992, WSOs were being offered a cash buyout to leave the Air Force, but I made my decision to ride out the fall 1992 promotion board; here’s a view of the tomb of the 1st Duke of Marlborough inside the chapel at Blenheim Palace.
This beautiful pipe organ is in the Palace Chapel of Blenheim Palace – the grandeur of the entire inside of the palace can’t be overstated – it was all very spectacular.
The grounds of Blenheim Palace were just as beautiful as the interior – here in the distance is the 134′ tall, “Column of Victory” – contained within acres of manicured English Gardens.
David waves to his mom taking this picture, while he stands with me near the lake that was later added to the grounds by the famous landscape architect Capability Brown, who took the existing gardens and improved them – creating much of what you see today.
To get the best perspective of the size of this lake on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, go to Google Map and take a look at the size of the entire lake, grounds and estate.
The grounds were such a pleasant and popular place to visit, that folks come here to picnic and enjoy a day on the grounds and the lake, where small row boats are available to rent.
After our tour of Blenheim Palace, I took this picture while preparing to drive home – with David sitting behind his mom in our 1987 Honda Civic wagon.