Charting Churchill: 12 Bolton Street, London

by Leslie Hossack

12 Bolton Street, London 2014 by Leslie Hossack

12 Bolton Street, London 2014

© Leslie Hossack

After living in a bachelor flat at 105 Mount Street from 1900 to 1905, Winston Churchill moved into the red brick townhouse at 12 Bolton Street, shown above. This was his residence when he married Clementine on September 12th, 1908. After their honeymoon in Italy, the newly wed couple returned to London and set up their first married home at 12 Bolton Street, not far from Green Park and the Ritz Hotel.

So began a marriage that lasted until Sir Winston Churchill’s death, more than 56 years later. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill and Clementine Ogilvy Hozier had five children: Diana (1909 – 1963), Randolph Frederick Edward (1911 – 1968), Sarah Millicent Hermione (1914 – 1982), Marigold Frances (1918 – 1921), and Mary (1922 – 2014). They also had ten grandchildren: Winston (Randolph & Pamela Digby); Arabella (Randolph & June Osborne); Julian, Edwina and Celia (Diana & Duncan Sandys); Nicholas, Emma, Charlotte, Jeremy and Rupert (Mary and Christopher Soames).

Winston and Clementine had a long, loving and fruitful marriage. As Churchill once said: “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

The image featured above is part of the limited edition collector’s portfolio created by Leslie Hossack to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. She presents locations that chart Churchill’s personal and political life, from his birth at Blenheim Palace in 1874 until his death in London in 1965. THE CHURCHILL PHOTOGRAPHS are part of Hossack’s larger body of work that explores Nazi architecture in Berlin, Stalinist structures in Moscow, contested sites in Jerusalem, a Cold War bunker in Ottawa, NATO’s Headquarter Camp in Kosovo, and buildings linked to the Japanese Canadian internment during World War II.

To view more photographs, please visit Leslie’s website.  lesliehossack.com

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