- Stratfield Saye House
The Manor of Stratfield Saye was made up from the property of two much older manors. In the 12th century it was owned by the Stoteville family and was then passed, through marriage, to the de Saye family at the start of the 13th century.
Prior to 1370 the manor passed to the Dabridgecourts  through marriage and, in 1629, they sold the property to the Pitt family, cousins of the great father-and-son Prime Ministers.
The main part of the house was extensively enlarged around 1630 by Sir William Pitt, Comptroller of the Household to King James I. Further extensive alterations were carried out to the house and park in the 18th century, by George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers.
A nations gift
The estate was sold to the nation in 1817, in order that it could be given by a grateful nation to the victorious Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. They gave 600,000 pounds for the construction of a splendid Waterloo Palace to rival the magnificence of Blenheim Palace, home of the Churchill/Marlborough family. The Hampshire site Wellington chose in 1817 was the 5,000-acre (20 km2) estate of Stratfield Saye, home of the Pitt family. He originally planned to demolish it, and replace it with a more prestigious home, to be known as Waterloo Palace. The Duke abandoned these plans in 1821 when they proved to be too expensive, and subsequently made numerous additions and improvements to the existing building. Henry Wellesley, 3rd Duke of Wellington and Arthur Wellesley, 4th Duke of Wellington are buried at Stratfield Saye house.
The Wellington Exhibition
The stables building now contains the Wellington Exhibition, which depicts the life and times of the 1st Duke. It houses a large collection of military mementoes, and the Duke's magnificent, cast bronze funeral carriage, made from melted-down French cannons captured at the Battle of Waterloo. Strathfield, in New South Wales, Australia, was named after this house.
Duke of Wellington Commemorative Column
Not to be confused with Wellington's Column in Liverpool
The Duke of Wellington Commemorative Column stands at the entrance to Stratfield Saye on the eastern Heckfield side. The column, which can be viewed from the A33, is topped by a bronze statue by Baron Carlo Marochetti. The column was erected in the 19th century.
Stratfield Saye in popular culture
- Apsley House - the Duke of Wellington's London house
- ^ John Gough Nichols, The Topographer and genealogist, Volume 1 (1846), p. 198-208. Lire sur Google Books.
- ^ Duke of Wellington Commemorative Column
- ^ "Jockeys jump at the chance to help Spielberg". The Daily Telegraph. 2010-09-06. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/7985292/John-Francome-returns-the-saddle-in-legends-charity-race.html. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Official Stratfield Saye House website
- Victoria Henshaw
- Hampshire Treasures, by Hampshire County Council and next page
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington FamilyFather: Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington · Mother: Anne Hill · Brothers: Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley · William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington · Henry Wellesley, 1st Baron Cowley · Sister: Lady Anne Smith · Wife: Catherine Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington · Children: Arthur · Charles Battles and warsFlanders Campaign · Battle of Boxtel · Fourth Anglo-Mysore War · Battle of Seringapatam · Second Anglo-Maratha War · Battle of Assaye · Peninsular War · Battle of Roliça · Battle of Vimeiro · Second Battle of Porto · Battle of Talavera · Battle of Sabugal · Third Siege of Badajoz · Battle of Salamanca · Battle of Vitoria · Hundred Days · Battle of Waterloo Homes and Honours
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