29 Aug 2011
OUR WORLD - Wellington museum & Waterloo church
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I am very happy to announce that I was asked by Sylvia and Sandy who were so kind to decide to continue in the same spirit as "My World" to be member of the new Our World Tuesday team.
I created the new logo, I just wanted this meme to be continued, because it is so interesting to see our different worlds as we are such an international group and there are many things we don't know of each other and we can't find in books.
Since 36 years I now live in Waterloo "on" the famous Battle field, where Napoleon lost the war against Wellington in 1815. It had been a very bloody battle where Wellington lost around 15,000 dead or wounded, and Blücher some 7,000 and Napoleon around 25,000 dead or wounded.
Most of the wounded soldiers died not on the battle field but afterwards of gangrene as there was no medication for a treatment.
The wounded soldiers where brought into the Waterloo Church which served as military hospital.
and beginning 20th century. The outside hasn't changed very much
I have been in this church many times for funerals and weddings but I had never noticed that there were so many English commemorative plaques hanging on the walls. I noticed them for the first time when I showed the church to my friend Sandra (Claudie) when she spent a week with me !
here are a few
Across the street is the Wellington Museum which had been his headquarter.
The garden is probably still the same, except the cat of course.
As all people at that time Wellington was quiet small. Today a 10 year old child could sleep in this bed for an adult it's to small.
His room and his coat. Unfortunately it was not allowed to take pictures, but we didn't know, so Claudie managed to take these 3 and I could at least make a picture of Wellington
sitting at his desk and writing military instructions
and also of his bust.
Although Wellington won the battle, when you come to Waterloo you will see much more things of Napoleon. Especially at the Waterloo lion. Everything from cups, plates, cuttlery statues to T-Shirts etc is with a Napoleon, therefore lots of tourist who don't know the history of the place think that Napoleon won the battle.