Chartwell. [Detail: Close-up of gable] Extended and embellished c. 1848 onwards. Near Westerham, Kent. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. 2008. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

This country home in Kent was once the main house on a farming estate. It was bought by the Colquhoun family in 1848, and extended and embellished by them. Made "ponderous with bays and oriels" (Feddon 8), it was also given big stepped gables. The house, Chartwell, was subsequently bought by Winston Churchill in 1922. The Churchills had some of the extra features removed, but luckily kept the characterful gables. It is now a very popular tourist attraction run by the National Trust.


Feddon, Robin. Churchill and Chartwell. London: Pergamon Press, 1969.

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