Wellington Remembered

By David Prudames | 06 September 2002
the Duke of Wellington's death mask

Left: the Duke of Wellington's death mask. © English Heritage

The Iron Duke: Commemorating a National Hero, at Walmer Castle until November 2, is a timely celebration of the life of the Duke of Wellington.

The inventor of the Wellington Boot and defeater of Napolean died 150 years ago this summer, so to mark the occasion English Heritage has turned his former home into an exhibition.

a house fit for an Iron Duke, Walmer Castle and Gardens

Right: a house fit for an Iron Duke, Walmer Castle and Gardens. © Skyscan Balloon Photography. English Heritage Photo Library.

Wellington lived at Walmer during his time as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1829 until 1852 when he died aged 83.

"The exhibition at Walmer Castle highlights the importance and significance of one of our national heroes as well as providing a wonderful 'behind the scenes' look at his life," said Rowena Shepherd, Chief Curator for English Heritage in the South East.

'Wellington's Boots' not the only reason he was famous, but certainly one of them

Left: 'Wellington's Boots' not the only reason he was famous, but certainly one of them. © Philip Toscano/Kent News & Pictures Ltd

"From Wellington's world-famous boots to his death mask, visitors will get a rare insight into 'The Iron Duke'. Without a doubt Wellington loved Walmer Castle - it was a favoured residence of the great man and his family for more than 24 years."

An array of artefacts include the great man's uniforms, medals, letters and furniture and visitors can also see a re-creation of the Duke's rooms during his two month lying-in-state, which originally attracted over 9,000 people.

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