Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington & Charger Copenhagen

As Napoleonic Wars came to end, work on various monuments started in England to commemorate the British victories. Nelson’s Column was built in Trafalgar Square and Arch of Victory in Hyde Park is of the same era. In 1837 it was decided that a statue be erected, marking the bravery of Duke of Willington. A massive effort was undertaken to build a statue never before seen in England.

The result was a 40 ton, highly controversial structure. The statue was placed on The Arch of Victory. The voice of people was hushed as the Duke of Willington was alive and was in his old age. As the traffic in the area increased the statue again became a topic of public discussion. The Government this time conceded to the public demand and it was decided that the statue was moved to the Military Garrison of Aldershot. At Aldershot, the statue quickly rose to the height of a symbol of military’s pride. As the time passed the popularity of the structure dimmed.

New millennium brought renewed attention to the decaying statue made of bronze. A committee was formed to restore the statue to its former glory. The overgrown trees and bushes hiding it from view were cut with the help of local groups. The effort is being supervised by Aldershot Military Garrison.If you would like to visit the monument, it is easily accessible. The statue stands in the middle of the Aldershot town. The town itself is just near to M3 or A31.

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