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MAY - After a gentle stroll from Green Park Underground station a dozen members arrived at Apsley House where they were taken on a conducted tour of the magnificent residence of the Duke of Wellington. Our guide a young man from Scotland kept the group enthralled with his non-stop commentary about the pictures and wonderful objects of art, many of which were gifts from grateful nations. Apsley House also known as No.1 London was on the most westerly extreme of 18th century London. The second part of the group's day was a short walk across to the Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch, which is located to the south of Hyde Park at the western corner of Green Park and now isolated on a traffic island. Built nearby between 1826 and 1830 to a design by Decimus Burton, it was moved to its present position in 188283. It once supported an equestrian statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington; the original intention of having it topped with sculpture of a "quadriga" or ancient four-horse chariot was not realised until 1912. Again, our guide was outstanding - his enthusiasm for the topic and his knowledge of some of the more obscure facts about the arch made the visit such a real pleasure. Our grateful thanks go to Social Secretary Maria Buckley for planning a brilliant day out.

  (Report and photos: Brian Leith)

 

 

Above left: Members assemble for a group photograph on the balcony of the Wellington Arch

Above centre: Mike Jenning stands by a replica of one of the statue's heads from the quadrica atop the arch.

Above right: Social Secretary Maria is dwarfed by a replica of one of the horses heads.

Left: Our tour guide imparted a wealth of facts and figures about the arch with great enthusiasm.

Below: A great view looking up Constitution Hill

Right: Encased in a glass case - Wellingon's sword and boots.

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Saturday, 22 September 2018