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In October we visited Blenheim Palace. It's a few miles easy cycle ride west of Shipton on the Oxford Canal. It was built for the Duke of Marlborough at the behest of Queen Anne, as a grateful gift from the nation following various successful military feats. The parkland was remodelled by Capability Brown a little later. Winston Churchill was also born here.


 
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  The first view of the parkland you see as you arrive at Blenheim.   The water terraces to the west side of the palace.  
 
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  The view over the water terraces to the lake beyond.   A view of the southern side of the palace.  
 
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  The main entrance from the northern courtyard.   The temple of Diana in the grounds - where Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine.  
 
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  The cascade - recently rebuilt and re-landscaped.   The Belnheim maze - which includes two bridges - this view of the centre is from one bridge.  
 
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  The narrow-gauge railway that takes you from the house down to the pleasure gardens.   One of the many fluttering occupants of the butterfly house.