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30th November 1999.

The Head Office
National Trust

36 Queen Anne's Gate
SW1H 9AS.

Dear Sirs,

CHARTWELL HOUSE.

Our Chairman, Mrs Pamela Timms, wrote recently to the Curator at Chartwell to enquire whether all the original items on display when the house was first opened were in fact still at Chartwell. A number of our older members, who recently visited the house, had the impression that some of the gifts made to Sir Winston by foreign Governments were missing.

Mrs Carole Kenwright wrote to assure her that the contents of the house were exactly those listed when Lady Churchill left the house. It may well be that at the time these particular members first went to Chartwell additional items were on display?

This raises the question of whether the National Trust actually owns the contents of Chartwell - or whether they are on loan.

In the light of the Churchill family having threatened to sell at auction The Chartwell Papers it is of serious public interest to know who owns of the contents of Chartwell; for if in fact they are on loan, the public should know.

We should like to pay tribute to those generous persons who purchased the property for the National Trust. Could you give us their names and the purchase price and the date when this took place.

We should also like the names of the persons who provided the endowment of the property (in accordance with the normal terms the National Trust require) and what sum was involved.

Was the farm also purchased, and if so, who lives there? Does the Trust manage that also?

We should also like to be able to mention the names of the persons who paid for the statue of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, its cost, and the date of its erection.

The high quality of the maintenance of both the house (inside and outside) and the grounds; as ever, pay tribute to the skill and devotion of the administrators and staff of National Trust properties - but must amount to a large sum of money annually. It is important that the public know how much this annual sum is also.

We should be grateful if you could let us have this information at your convenience please.

Yours sincerely

Judith O'Hanlon (Mrs)

Secretary

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THE NATIONAL TRUST

for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

 

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Mrs Judith O'Hanlon
The Churchill Society
C/o 18 Grove Lane
Ipswich
Suffolk IP4 1NR

25 January 2000

Dear Mrs O'Hanlon

Our ref JFC/hep

Your letter of 30 November 1999 to the Director General has been passed to me to reply to as the Managing Agent for Chartwell. Your interest in Chartwell and enthusiasm for the legacy of Winston Churchill are warmly appreciated.

It is difficult for the Trust to provide responses to all the questions you have asked in this letter Why? and we are obliged, as far as possible, to seek to refer inquirers elsewhere for information that does not relate directly to questions about the Trust's responsibilities at Chartwell.

Martin Gilbert's multi-volume biography is, of course, a very rich source available to everyone, recently joined by Lady Soames' edition of her parents' correspondence. Churchill Archive Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge is also the prime research on all aspects of Sir Winston's life, both public and private.

If I may address the questions in your letter on this basis, I can confirm that while many of the contents of Chartwell were given to the National Trust, a substantial proportion remains on loan from Sir Winston's heirs. There are many houses belonging to the National Trust where a similar situation prevails, and the Trust of course keeps under regular review any possibility that such loans may be removed from any of these houses.

I am happy to remind you of the details of the benefactors who acquired Chartwell for the Nation by means of the enclosed photocopy extract from the guidebook. Their anonymity was preserved until their names *were revealed in a newspaper article some 15 years ago. Following this, the Trust decided to commemorate their benefaction in an attractively lettered memorial inscription on slate just next to the point where visitors exit the house.

The new cast of the Oscar Nemon statue of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill was paid for by the Churchill Statue Fund, led by Sir Patrick Cormack. I know that Sir Patrick Cormack would be delighted to give you further information, and you can contact him at the House of Commons.

With regards to the finances of the operation of Chartwell, I am happy to confirm that the total annual operating costs are in the region of £500,000.

I hope the above is helpful, and I am sorry once again that we are not able to respond to all questions in your correspondence. I wish you luck in all your endeavours.

Yours sincerely

Gary Churchill
Managing Agent

cc: Martin Drury, Director General
Sue Forster, Director Kent and East Sussex.
Carole Kenwright, Property Manager, Chartwell
John Chesshyre, Historic Buildings Representative

 

REGIONAL CHAIRMAN: MRS MARY VILLIERS OBE.

DIRECTOR: SUE FORSTER

Registered Charity Number 205846

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*
Lord Camrose.
Lord Bearstead.
Lord Bicester.
Sir James Caird.
Sir Hugo Cunkiffe-Owen.
Lord Catto.
Lord Glendyne.
Lord Kenilworth.
Lord Leathers.
Sir James Lithgow.
Sir Edward Mountain.
Lord Nuffield.
Sir Edward Peacock.
Lord Portal.
J. Arthur Rank.
James de Rothschild
Sir Frank Stewart.

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The Times Newspaper
London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.

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Editor's comments.

The society draws attention to the text of the National Trust's reply (coloured in red italics).

You will observe that in their reply the Trust side-stepped the following questions .........

. . . . .were the gifts made to Sir Winston by foreign Governments now missing?

. . . . .the names of the persons who provided the endowment of the property (in accordance with the normal terms the National Trust require) and what sum was involved?

Was the farm also purchased, and if so, who lives there? Does the Trust manage that also?

In respect to the paragraph 4 which reads . . .

If I may address the questions in your letter on this basis, I can confirm that while many of the contents of Chartwell were given to the National Trust, a substantial proportion remains on loan from Sir Winston's heirs. There are many houses belonging to the National Trust where a similar situation prevails, and the Trust of course keeps under regular review any possibility that such loans may be removed from any of these houses.

The above state of affairs is extraordinary. How does 'keeping under review' protect the contents from being removed by the owners?

The paragraph above confirms that anytime the family can take back - or indeed creditors might obtain a Court judgment, which if not settled, would automatically require the sale of items on loan to the National Trust, and either The National Trust or the public would then again have to pay up to keep them at Chartwell.

If the family insist on lending them, then as the 'owners' they should be liable for security and insurance costs of them.

It is naive of the National Trust to accept anything on loan, for if anything on loan is lost, it is the owner who is entitled to the insurance payout irrespective of who paid the insurance premium.

The cost of security and insurance of the contents of Chartwell must be huge. To pay for these costs and insurance premiums The National Trust have to increase entrance fees to find the money to do so. The cost of visiting Chartwell is already exorbitant.

In view the number of items having been sold by the family in recent years it would be interesting to know if these came from Chartwell?

It is not at all clear from their letter that The National Trust is alert to the possibility of an empty Chartwell!

Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes, the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces, swords, daggers and medals that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens and the numerous gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world, including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display at Chartwell when it first opened ?

It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be
permanently on display at Chartwell.

Foreigners are always astounded to learn that Churchill was bankrupt when he was dismissed by the nation before the war with Japan had ended - that he received no state pension nor any gift of money from the nation for his colossal achievements - and how sick at heart he was when he realised his beloved Chartwell would have to be sold. This would have happened had not a group of good men - insisting on their privacy - not paid off Chartwell's mortgage and for the costs of its serious war time neglect.

They did not  'lend'  the money to buy Chartwell. All they insisted on was anonymity.

None of the artifacts in Chartwell would be of any interest to the public were it not for Churchill's enormous achievements and the the grievous loss of life, terrible injuries and huge grief suffered in the war by Churchill's comrades in Arms to ensure our lives of comfort and freedom.

It is very distasteful for this society to have to point out that Churchill's children give not a thought to this fact.

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The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-

"fell beneath the level of events"

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The Sunday Times Newspaper
London.
A copyright article.

February 13 2000

Lottery-funded Churchills' charge academics £50 a letter.

Maurice Chittenden writes:-

NEVER in the field of literary endeavour has so much been charged so many times by so few.

The Churchill family, having been paid £13.25m, most of it in lottery money, to sell Sir Winston Churchill's papers to the nation, are now demanding £50 a letter from academics to use them.

The charge has angered researchers and dismayed keepers of the Churchill archive. The family, headed by Winston Churchill, the former Tory MP for Davyhulme, insists that it still owns the copyright.

The fees may well extinguish some scholarly works. One is a book by Dr Gregory Sand, a visiting American academic at Churchill College, Cambridge, where the 1m pages of the Churchill archive are now kept in 3,000 boxes in a strongroom.

Sand, from St Louis, Missouri, has been asked to pay £1,250 for the right to quote from 25 letters that Churchill wrote to Harry S Truman, the former American president, in a new study he is writing on their correspondence.

Truman's letters to Churchill are available to him free from the Truman library. Letters written by Churchill when he was prime minister are also free because the crown has copyright.

However, the Churchill estate says it kept the copyright on all the letters that Churchill wrote while not in office when it sold the archive in 1995.

The sale caused controversy because it was bought with the largest of the first batch of lottery grants to "good causes". Ex-servicemen's organisations criticised the expense and claimed it was a betrayal of the freedom of speech for which Churchill had fought.

The family had already made the equivalent of £6m in today's money from publishing deals involving newspapers. Lord Camrose, the newspaper proprietor who bought Chartwell, Churchill's home, for the National Trust, also purchased the rights to the archive after the war but gave them back to Churchill.

Sand said last week: "I was shocked when they asked me for payment. A number of the letters have already been published in Churchill biographies. My book was to be a scholarly documentary edition of the Truman-Churchill correspondence, but my publisher may consider the charge to be prohibitive."

Sand, a founding member of the Churchill Society in America, said: "These papers have been bought and paid for again and again as if they were a cash cow."

Alan Kucia, the senior archivist in charge of the papers, said: "Dr Sand has free access to the papers. We have photocopies of Winston's letters; the originals are in the Truman library. But if he wants to publish them, he has to pay the Churchill family."

Correlli Barnett, the war historian who was keeper of the archive for 18 years before its sale, said: "These papers have certainly been made to yield. I am personally saddened that the deal did not include copyright but it would probably have cost too much to buy the papers outright."

Churchill, the wartime leader's grandson, has used some £500,000 from the sale of the archive to restore his grandfather's grave at Bladon, Oxfordshire.* He has also bought a house in Belgravia, London, for £1.6m.

The former MP was unavailable for comment. But Anthea Morton-Saner, agent for the Churchill estate at Curtis Brown, the literary agents, said: "It is a perfectly normal arrangement and there is no reason why Dr Sand should be treated differently from anybody else."

NB. This article is the copyright of The Sunday Times.

* Photographs of the graceless restoration work on the Grave at Bladon.

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An Appeal

On behalf of The Churchill Society I make the following public plea to Churchill's children and grandchildren: -

For 50 years you all have enjoyed immense wealth - which Churchill never had. You have basked luxuriously in his reflected glory. You have received titles, honours, and privileges. You have dined at the tables of royalty and been welcomed with respect into the homes of the elite of every land. You never had to find employment. From childhood you have enjoyed the same affection and respect that the nation rightly bestowed upon Churchill and his Comrades in Arms for their colossal achievements.

What have you done in return?.

On behalf of all those who lost their lives or were injured in the terrible wars of the 20th Century and on behalf of all in this Society I beg every member of the Churchill family to stop and reflect upon the way you have behaved since Lady Churchill's death.

Pay to heed what your friends have for so long been saying. Act upon that counsel and immediately undo what will otherwise shortly become the indelible stain of unbridled greed upon your names. You cannot dishonour your parents wishes or bequeath to your grandchildren such dishonour.

As Churchill would bid you . . ." rise to the level of events" , do so by repaying the lottery money, and make an outright gift to the nation of the entire contents of Chartwell by placing them irrevocably into the care of The National Trust. Likewise make an outright gift of the copyright of all the papers and all their copyrights at the Churchill Archive Centre to the nation and make an outright gift of Churchill's medals which at present are on  'on loan'  to the Imperial War Museum and so enable the public to do as Churchill would desire of us - to again hold you all in our affections.

N H Rogers.

(Founder of The Churchill Society).

February 7th 2000.

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We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943

 

Winston Churchill's Medals.

It was announced yesterday by Winston Churchill (minor) that he had presented  on loan  his grandfather's medals to the Imperial War Museum for display at the cabinet war rooms.

What he failed to reveal, was that in doing so he saves himself the fear of being burgled for them - almost certainly the heavy expense of insuring them - and whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them*.

Sensible man you say..............until you remember the shameful thing he and the family did when they blackmailed the effete Prime Minister John Major and his Conservative government and the nation to pay him £12,500,000 for the  on loan  Chartwell papers and for which the family still continue to charge outrageous copyright fees.

There is nothing to stop him or his children doing the same thing again. Likewise with the
 on loan  contents of Chartwell.

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The Times Newspaper
London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) * avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.

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Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes,
the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos
and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces
that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens
and the huge number of gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world
including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display
at Chartwell when it first opened and which are now missing?

It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be
permanently on display at Chartwell.

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The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-

"fell beneath the level of events"

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The Daily Telegraph

Re: Unsocial society

Date: 3 October 2004

SIR

Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.

What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.

Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.

Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.

The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.

It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.

From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk.

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The Times Newspaper

London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.

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TIMES NEWSPAPER. London.

September 23, 2004

From Professor Emeritus Thomas Stapleton

Sir,

' Churchill's tears'

Richard Morrison (T2, September 20) writes that Churchill is said to have been a bit of a sobber, though never in public.

Professor Robert Debr, the father of French paediatrics, told me that when in 1944 Churchill received the freedom of the City of Paris in the Hotel de Ville, on opening the casket, found it contained not a scroll but the Hakenkreuz (Nazi flag) that had flown over the town hall during the Occupation, the tears poured down his cheeks.

Yours faithfully,

THOMAS STAPLETON,

The Foundry Cottage,

Lane End, High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire HP14 3JS.

thomas.stapleton@btinternet.com

September 22.

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THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
London.

The Editor
The Times Newspaper
London

October 1st 2004.

Sir

(From France)

'Churchill's tears'

Letter 23rd Sept 2004

Professors Stapleton's account of Churchill's reception of the Nazi flag presented to him in France in 1944 was moving.

It represented the French nation's tribute to Churchill and all his comrades in arms who lost their lives and the grief and pain of their

widows and orphans, plus the many who suffered appalling injuries.


The flag belongs to them and now to the nation.


Where is it now?

Yours faithfully

The Secretary.

Norman Harvey Rogers.

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February 13 2000

The Sunday Times Newspaper
London.
A copyright article.

Lottery-funded Churchills' charge academics £50 a letter.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust's failure to honour the original Trust Deed and the need for reform.

Because of his record Mr W S Churchill's appointment as Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
is as astonishing as it is improper and he must resign.

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Dalton Newfield writes in an article published in the USA re the sordid history (and inevitable failure) of the Churchill family's promotion of the fantastically expensive The Collected Works in 1974.

"I am more than a little surprised that the Churchill family gave their support to this money-grubbing project".

"It would be wonderful to own such a work".

"It would be wonderful if my - or even any US library - could own the set, let alone risk using it".

"It would be wonderful if greed were not always the family's motive".

"WSC was not unconscious of money - quite the contrary - but he did put out abridgements, cheap editions, etc., so that people at all levels could enjoy his works".

"What pains most is that the idea was all so un Churchillian", Mr Newfield concluded.

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Advertisment

To the astonishment of the public, the Churchill family with their relatives and friends in The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust let it be known in 1985 they were to produce in 1988 in a West End cabaret theatre a 'Musical' with 'Winnie' singing in his bath!

After three performances it was taken off.

It was reputed to have lost £3 million pounds and was described by a Buckingham Palace courtier as:-

"just done for

money, money, money . . . .

vulgar vulgar vulgar!"

 

  TIMES NEWSPAPER.
September 23, 2004     How 25-year wrangle led to Churchill papers sale By Richard Ford    

PERSONAL papers belonging to Winston Churchill were the subject of a 25-year legal fight as his grandson, who had "little money of his own", tried to sell them to the Government, files released by the National Archive at Kew reveal.

Discreet negotiations to sell the 2,000-box archive, which included early drafts of the wartime leader's "finest hour" and "Battle of Britain" speeches, began within six years of his death in 1965. The Government was offered the pre-1945 papers &emdash; half of them official papers belonging to the State &emdash; for £100,000 to £120,000 in 1971. Finally they were bought with £12.5 million of National Lottery money in 1995.

The collection, the Chartwell Papers, contained almost everything that Churchill wrote before 1945, including extensive correspondence with Lloyd George, Edward VIII and George VI. It also included intelligence on all aspects of the Second World War, drafts of letters to Stalin, Roosevelt and de Gaulle and Cabinet papers.

It was in a private family trust, which Churchill intended to benefit male descendants. The main beneficiary by 1991 was his grandson, Winston Churchill, then Conservative MP for Davyhulme. The papers were his most valuable possession.

The papers had been loaned to Churchill College in Cambridge, but the trustees wished to sell them. Successive governments wanted the papers to remain together, but they were a mixture of official and personal documents. Sir Winston had taken many official documents with him "on permanent loan" when he left office and had refused to return them. Today's files disclose that Sotheby's had estimated in 1971 that they would fetch £2 million. The letter then suggests that the Government offer between £100,000 to £120,000 to buy them.

The purchase by the lottery provoked fury. John Charmley, the historian, said: "The second jackpot winner is Winston Churchill Jr. The Government should have called the bluff of the Churchills when they threatened to break up the collection and sell it abroad. These papers belong to the State and should never have been removed in the first place."

John Major's Government refused to hold a public inquiry into the death of Robert Maxwell for fear of offending Spain, according to secret papers released today. Ministers also believed an official investigation into the circumstances in which the Daily Mirror publisher publisher drowned off the Canary Islands would turn into a media circus.

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.

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 The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.

The High Court (London) proceedings.
Who owned the Chartwell Papers?

From:- Professor Charmley. An Award for Stupidity!

Churchill's Medals.

How safe are the contents of Chartwell?
Copy of correspondence with The National Trust.

Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Nicholas Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Winston Churchill minor.

Important information.

Conservative Party corruption fuelled the continuing collapse of moral standards in the UK.
From 1983 onwards it gathered pace and led to the national uproar caused by the 
the story 
of the
Churchill family threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to Churchill College
of
The Chartwell Papers.

Lord Rothschild's
letter.

The very sad press chronology of
Winston S Churchill Jnr.

Professor Charmley writes:
Is there no end to the making of money by the family our of Sir Winston?

Commercial advertising. Cashing in on Churchill. Who received money for this crude example?

Criticisms of the book 'Churchill's
Private Letters'
selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.

May 1999.
Important information.

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Correspondence.

With:-

Lady Churchill.

With:-

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mr W S Churchill's improper appointment.

With:-

The National Trust.

Re missing items at Chartwell.

With:-

Churchill Archive Centre.

The scandal of the Chartwell Papers.

Re:-

The Royal Courts of Justice Court.

Churchill family v College College Cambridge..

With:-

Freemason's United Grand Lodge of England.

Re CHURCHILL HOUSE London.

With:-

Channel 2 BBC London.

The Greatest Briton

With:-

Libby Purvis. Radio 4 'Midweek'.

The Greatest Briton

With:-

Library of Congress USA.

The Churchill Exhibition

From:-..

Professor Charmley.

An Award for Stupidity

To:-

Lord Tebbit.

...'spitting in the face' of  'The Few'

To:-

The Chairman, Councillors, and Members of The National Trust.

Dishonesty at the Chartwell Gift Shop

 

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