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Papers accumulated by Henry Winston (Peregrine) Churchill

Reference Code: GBR/0014/PCHL

Scope and Contents

The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre includes: letters from Lady Randolph Churchill to her younger son, John S Churchill, and also to Winston Churchill; letters from Lord Randolph Churchill; letters from Winston Churchill; the correspondence of John S Churchill ("Jack"); the correspondence of Jack's wife, Lady Gwendeline Churchill ("Goonie"); letters from Peregrine's elder brother John G Churchill ("Johnny"); letters and papers relating to Peregrine Churchill himself; family photographs; legal and financial papers.


  • Creation: 1850 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Winston Spencer Peregrine Churchill (known as Peregrine) was born on 25 May 1913, the son of John S Churchill and Lady Gwendeline Churchill. The family was close to that of Sir Winston Churchill and Peregrine spent time with Sir Winston's children during his childhood. He was educated at Harrow and at Cambridge. Peregrine took a strong interest in the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and the history of his grandparents, Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill. He was married twice: first to Patricia (1954 until her death in 1956) and secondly to Yvonne, whom he married in 1957. He died on 19 March 2002.


12 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



The letters were arranged by Celia Lee in chronological order although some letters are not dated and are hard to place in sequence.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued. The catalogue is available on the Janus website ( and in the reading room of Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre at various times between November 2005 and July 2011 by Peregrine Churchill's widow, via John and Celia Lee. Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to Churchill Archives Centre, 2012.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Sir Winston Churchill (reference GBR/0014/CHAR and CHUR). The "Acquired Papers" section of the collection includes many of Lady Randolph Churchill's papers and other correspondence with her two sons, Winston S Churchill and John S Churchill. The electronic catalogue of the Churchill Papers is available at


This provisional collection level description and catalogue were compiled by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in April 2006 using information from the papers themselves. Biographical information about Peregrine Churchill was obtained from his obituary notice in Finest Hour, the journal of the International Churchill Society (No 114 - datelines section). Further sections of the catalogue were added by Katharine Thomson in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.


Churchill, Henry Winston, 1913-2002, author

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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