Dollar Princesses: How American Brides Saved Blenheim Palace with Sean Moran

Dollar Princesses: How American Brides Saved Blenheim Palace with Sean Moran


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Learn how Blenheim Palace, the seat of the Spencer Churchill Family, was saved by imported American brides and their money.

The rise of the British welfare state was financed with taxes levied on landed aristocrats. After generations of ease, the gentry all of a sudden found themselves with their way of life under siege. With the new inheritance taxes to pay, the rising costs of maintaining family estates put the future of these houses in jeopardy. Some of these notable propertiesies were saved by the influx of new money from the new world via imported brides from the United State of America.

A dedicated quarterly periodical “The Titled American”, published in the USA, was a nineteenth-century version of Tinder designed for the aristocratic set. It detailed the eligible English aristocrats and was read by ambitious American mothers eager to marry off their daughters (with generous dowries) to established families in the United Kingdom: the Dollar Princesses were born.

The legacy of these American women is important to the history of British stately homes: many important properties were saved with US dollars. The most significant of them all is Blenheim Palace, the family home of the Dukes of Marlborough, the Spencer-Churchills. Blenheim was to benefit not once but twice from an overseas marriage, but it was not always smooth sailing. We will meet the important characters in this family history, including American heiress Jennie Jerome who married Lord Randolph Churchill, third son of the 7th Duke Of Marlborough. Their first child, Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim.

Led by a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Blue Badge Guide, and scholar of the British monarchy, Sean Moran, this seminar will explore the story of the dollar princess through the lens of one of the greatest of Britains stately homes - Blenheim Palace. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the value American heiresses bought to the heritage of Britain.

Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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