A Walk Through Blenheim Park
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), the aristocrat, politician and above all military commander, was a national hero.
In reward for his service to the country and for victories at the Battle of Blenheim (1702) and other battles in the War of Spanish Succession(1701 – 1714), Queen Anne and the Nation awarded him the manor of Woodstock, a Royal deer park, on which to build a palace.
The result was a sumptuous palace designed by the architect, Sir John Vanbrugh and a park designed by the landscape gardener, Capability Brown.
Ancient Rights of Way still pass through the Park allowing an impressive circular walk of 7 miles, with magnificent views across the Great Lake to the Grand Bridge and the Palace itself.