A brief post in the Kent series. At the time, having just read the wonderful ‘Winston’s War’ by Michael Dobbs (he of House of Cards fame) a visit to his home at Chartwell was a must. Winston Churchill bought this property in 1922 and it was his home up to his death in 1964.

Now owned by the National Trust the house has been restored to the early period of the late 20s and 30s – the wilderness years when Churchill was out of office and, in particular, the pre-war period when he fought his campaign against the government policy of appeasement prior to his eventual position as Prime Minister during WW2. This was the period covered by the book I mentioned and just prior to that covered by the recent movie ‘Darkest Hour’.

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The interior tour, the memorabilia, all helped to create an atmosphere that really complemented the book.

But these few pictures simply show the setting of the great house itself, a fine example of (mostly) Victorian red-brick vernacular architecture, never an elegant style but impressive. Photographically speaking: all processed in Lightroom with a bit of perspective straightening to improve the verticals and a touch of tonemapping using Affinity on one shot to bring out the texture of the tree. All Nikon D700 and Nikon lenses.

The black and white image was an amusing candid view of some visitors taking advantage of the deck chairs facing one of Churchill’s favourite views over the Kent Weald.