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The Woodstock Area



Although glove-making was once the main industry of Woodstock, the town today chiefly prospers from the tourists who flock to Blenheim Palace and nearby Bladon. The palace was given by a "grateful nation" to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough in recognition of his military achievements in 1705. Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim in 1874 and is buried in St Martins churchyard in Bladon.

Woodstock actually means 'the place (or clearing) in the woods', and is thought to be derived from a time before the Norman Conquest when the Wychwood Forest stretched from the Cotswolds to London and English Kings had lodges in clearings in the woods.