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Friends’ visit to Stratfield Saye House

On 10 September 2015 a group of 17 Friends of the Museum, together with eleven Friends from Hampshire Archives Trust, visited Stratfield Saye House, the home of the Dukes of Wellington since it was bought by the Nation for the first Duke in 1817.

Stratfield Saye House

The front (east side) of Stratfield Saye House.

On one of the sunniest days of the year, members of the group were given a guided tour of the house, received a talk about the first Duke’s funeral in 1852, and visited the grave of Copenhagen, the horse ridden by the first Duke at Waterloo in 1815 and who was buried in the grounds of Stratfield Saye House in 1836.

Copenhagen's grave

Copenhagen’s grave (1836) beneath a Turkey Oak, planted in 1843.

The visit was widely regarded by all those who took part to have been extremely interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. If you would like to know more about how to become a Friend of the Museum and take part in visits like this one, please click here >>

Wellington’s funeral carriage

The first Duke of Wellington’s huge and ornate funeral carriage.