Charting Churchill: 11 Morpeth Mansions, London

by Leslie Hossack

11 Morpeth Mansions, London 2014 by Leslie Hossack

11 Morpeth Mansions, London 2014

© Leslie Hossack

Winston and Clementine Churchill moved their young family from one home to another countless times. In June 1929, when Churchill resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the family moved out of the official residence at 11 Downing Street and lived in a number of London flats and even a hotel. Chartwell, their country home in Kent, was a welcome alternative when Winston’s schedule did not require the family to be in the city.

Late in 1931, the Churchills moved into 11 Morpeth Mansions with their four children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah and Mary. Here they would live until the end of the decade. In 1939, Winston would leave his Wilderness Years behind him when he was once again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty and the family was ensconced in Admiralty House, his official residence.

In December 1931, at about the same time as the family moved into Morpeth Mansions, Churchill set off on a lecture tour of North American. In New York City, his first stop, he was hit by a car on Fifth Avenue and almost died. Winston, Clementine and Diana sailed for Nassau where he spent a month recuperating.

The image featured above is part of the limited edition collector’s portfolio created by Leslie Hossack. She presents locations that chart Sir Winston 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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