Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Where Vanderbilt Marriage Fell Apart

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Where Vanderbilt Marriage Fell Apart

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The name Vanderbilt had the same ring to it for many people during the early 20th century as the Kardashians do today.

The Vanderbilts were a wealthy and glamorous family who had a fortune from railways and shipping (rather than reality TV) but they were just as much gossiped about.

By the early 20th Century the most talked about member of the clan was Consuelo Vanderbilt who, as heiress to the fortune, wanted to marry her US boyfriend.

Her mother had other ideas. She was married in 1895 against her will to Charles Spencer Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough and cousin of Winston.

After a marriage in New York the pair moved to Berkeley House near Faversham in Kent where previously flat-broke Charles enjoyed his new-found £75m fortune (in today's money) while she unhappily got on with producing two sons.

Winston was a frequent visitor to the house. …

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