Ditchley Park

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Ditchley Park was built by the second Earl of Litchfield, a member of the Lee family, in 1722 to a design by James Gibbs. It stands on the site of an earlier, timber-framed family house in classic north Oxfordshire wooded farmland, once the royal hunting ground of Wychwood Forest. It is the base for the Ditchley Foundation. [1] The interiors of Ditchley Park were designed by William Kent and Henry Flitcroft. [2]

Ditchley Park was often used by Winston Churchill and members of the War Cabinet, between 1940-41, as a weekend retreat. In preparation for Churchill's first visit, special telephone lines with a scrambling system were installed. [3]

Contact Details

The Ditchley Foundation
Ditchley Park
Chipping Norton
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1608 667346
Fax: +44 (0) 1608 677399
Email: info@ditchley.co.uk [4]


  1. ^ The Ditchley Foundation, Ditchley Park, http://www.ditchley.co.uk/page/37/ditchley-park.htm
  2. ^ CotswoldsWebsite.com, Ditchley Park, http://www.cotswoldswebsite.com/ditchley-park.htm#
  3. ^ The Churchill Centre, 'History Lives at Ditchley and Bletchley', http://www.winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=410
  4. ^ The Ditchley Foundation, Contact Us, http://www.ditchley.co.uk/page/41/contact-us.htm