Winston Churchill plays with his grandchildren in charming photos at his home in Chartwell

Winston Churchill is seen in photos which have just been put up for sale doting on his grandchildren and appearing to not have a care in the world.

The candid snaps show Churchill who led Britain from the brink of defeat to victory during the Second World War, playing with his grandchildren at his family home. 

The snaps were taken in 1951, a year after Churchill was installed as Prime Minister for the second time after losing the General Election in 1945 – the year the six-year war ended. 

Churchill was known for coining the phrase ‘darkest hour’ – which described the time between June 1940 and 1941 when Britain was fighting against the threat of German invasion.   

But the photos give a snapshot of some of Churchill’s happier times when he was with his family. 

Photos show Churchill with his grandchildren and wife at his family home in Kent

Photos show Churchill with his grandchildren and wife at his family home in Kent

Photos show Churchill with his grandchildren and wife at his family home in Kent

The former Prime Minister is seen looking relaxed and happy as he sits in a swinging chair in the garden of the home in Chartwell in Kent, with his wife Clementine and five of their grandchildren. 

Photos also show him sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home.

The album which contains 39 photographs and one of his trademark cigars, which is part-smoked, are being put up for sale by Dominic Winter auctions, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire.     

Churchill is seen sitting in the garden of the home in Chartwell in Kent, with his wife Clementine and five of their grandchildren and in the grounds of the property

Churchill is seen sitting in the garden of the home in Chartwell in Kent, with his wife Clementine and five of their grandchildren and in the grounds of the property

Churchill is seen sitting in the garden of the home in Chartwell in Kent, with his wife Clementine and five of their grandchildren and in the grounds of the property

The album which contains 39 photographs and one of his trademark cigars are being put up for sale by Dominic Winter auctions, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The partly-smoked cigar (pictured) was taken by a naval officer as a memento of the British wartime leader's stay on board HMS Pembroke in 1943

The album which contains 39 photographs and one of his trademark cigars are being put up for sale by Dominic Winter auctions, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The partly-smoked cigar (pictured) was taken by a naval officer as a memento of the British wartime leader's stay on board HMS Pembroke in 1943

The album which contains 39 photographs and one of his trademark cigars are being put up for sale by Dominic Winter auctions, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The partly-smoked cigar (pictured) was taken by a naval officer as a memento of the British wartime leader’s stay on board HMS Pembroke in 1943

Pictures also show him Churchill sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home

Pictures also show him Churchill sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home

Pictures also show him Churchill sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home

The snaps were taken in 1951, a year after Churchill was re-installed as Prime Minister after losing the the General Election in 1945 - the year which the six-year war ended. Pictured, Churchill's wife Clementine (on the right)

The snaps were taken in 1951, a year after Churchill was re-installed as Prime Minister after losing the the General Election in 1945 - the year which the six-year war ended. Pictured, Churchill's wife Clementine (on the right)

The snaps were taken in 1951, a year after Churchill was re-installed as Prime Minister after losing the the General Election in 1945 – the year which the six-year war ended. Pictured, Churchill’s wife Clementine (on the right)

Churchill was known for inspirational speeches during the war which were considered to have boosted British morale

Churchill was known for inspirational speeches during the war which were considered to have boosted British morale

Churchill was known for inspirational speeches during the war which were considered to have boosted British morale

The intimate snaps were captured by his friend Harold David John Cole, the former president of the Royal Photographic Society.

The intimate snaps were captured by his friend Harold David John Cole, the former president of the Royal Photographic Society.

The intimate snaps were captured by his friend Harold David John Cole, the former president of the Royal Photographic Society.

Churchill and his wife Clementine share a moment together on a garden swinging chair

Churchill and his wife Clementine share a moment together on a garden swinging chair

Churchill and his wife Clementine share a moment together on a garden swinging chair

Despite returning to the highest office, he appears relaxed and at ease as he is photographed on an outdoor swinging chair with Clementine and grandchildren Julian, Winston, Arabella, Arthur and Emma.

Despite returning to the highest office, he appears relaxed and at ease as he is photographed on an outdoor swinging chair with Clementine and grandchildren Julian, Winston, Arabella, Arthur and Emma.

Despite returning to the highest office, he appears relaxed and at ease as he is photographed on an outdoor swinging chair with Clementine and grandchildren Julian, Winston, Arabella, Arthur and Emma.

Other photos show him reading in his library and inspecting the grounds of his country home near Westerham.

Despite returning to the highest office, he appears relaxed and at ease as he is photographed on an outdoor swinging chair with Clementine and grandchildren Julian, Winston, Arabella, Arthur and Emma. 

There is also an amusing image of Churchill, cigar in mouth, with his dog perched against his leg.

The intimate snaps were captured by his friend Harold David John Cole, the former president of the Royal Photographic Society.

The album has been consigned for sale by a private collector and is expected to go under the hammer for £2,000.

Anderson so impressed Churchill during the assignment that he offered him a job at Downing Street after his service with the Royal Navy ended in 1945.

Anderson so impressed Churchill during the assignment that he offered him a job at Downing Street after his service with the Royal Navy ended in 1945.

Anderson so impressed Churchill during the assignment that he offered him a job at Downing Street after his service with the Royal Navy ended in 1945.

Photos also show him sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home

Photos also show him sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home

Photos also show him sat inside his library and walking around the grounds of his home

Chris Albury, specialist at Dominic Winter, said: 'There is still a huge amount of interest in Churchill from collectors and his cigar was one of his trademarks'

Chris Albury, specialist at Dominic Winter, said: 'There is still a huge amount of interest in Churchill from collectors and his cigar was one of his trademarks'

Chris Albury, specialist at Dominic Winter, said: ‘There is still a huge amount of interest in Churchill from collectors and his cigar was one of his trademarks’

The partly-smoked cigar was taken by a naval officer as a memento of the British wartime leader’s stay on board HMS Pembroke in 1943.

It remained in Chief Steward Petty Officer Leslie Anderson’s family for several generations before passing into the hands of a private collector.

Anderson was sent out to Churchill’s villa at Casablanca, Morocco, to organise the household for a 10 day Allied Leaders Conference which was also attended by US President Franklin D Roosevelt.

Anderson so impressed Churchill during the assignment that he offered him a job at Downing Street after his service with the Royal Navy ended in 1945.

The 5ins cigar, which is being sold in the same auction, is valued at £1,000.

Chris Albury, specialist at Dominic Winter, said: ‘There is still a huge amount of interest in Churchill from collectors and his cigar was one of his trademarks.

‘He would put it in his mouth even when he was not smoking it as it was part of his image.

‘The photos of Chartwell, as far as we are aware, were not featured in the press at the time.’ 

The sale takes place on January 30.  

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