The Wellington Exhibition

At Stratfield Saye, the Duke of Wellington’s country house, the stables are turned into a museum showing artifacts from the Duke’s life.
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The star of the exhibit is, of course, the Victorianly-excessive funeral carriage.
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But there were other pieces, too.

Wellington’s umbrella with a steel spike used in 1830 during the Reform Bill Riots when Wellington was not very popular with the citizenry.
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A dispatch bag belonging to Joseph Bonaparte’s treasurer captured after the Battle of Vitoria
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A caricature
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A feed bag
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Record of feeding of horses (Copenhagen is listed)
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Photograph of footmen in livery
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Omigosh, that livery looks dreadful! Not at all like handsome Thomas from Downton Abbey
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(Not that any Regency footman would be dressed as Thomas!)

Can you tell I’m still missing England?

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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