2009-03-02-096 London Apsley House (Wellington Museum) Hyde Park Corner March 2009
***Explore 219 on Thursday, May 21, 2009***
Apsley House, London, home of the Duke of Wellington and the Wellington Museum. Originally known as No. 1 London from the days when this house was on the very edge of London, the House is today situated in Central London at Hyde Park Corner. The House was bought by Sir Arthur Wellesley, better known as the Duke of Wellington, and famous for his military campaigns in India, Iberia, culminating in the battle of Waterloo at which he defeated Napoleon. The House was given to the nation by Gerald Wellesley (7th Duke of Wellington), for use as the Wellington museum, however, part of the house is reserved for use by descendants of the Duke of Wellingtion.
The House was originally built by Robert Adam, but it was extended and reworked by Wyatt.
Hyde Park Corner is a major traffic intersection, with a number of military memorials on the central island. In this picture, outside the two trees, are an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington and the memorial to the Machine Gun Corps. Also present on the island are the Wellington Arch, the Artillery memorial and the Australian and New Zealand war memorials.
The amount of traffic using Hyde Park Corner makes it a little difficult to get a good view of Apsley House; I took this photo at around 7:30 AM in March when the Sun was, at that time, still low in the sky, which produced an attractive light on the building. I took about 15 shots altogether before deciding that, regarding traffic, this was probably as good as it was going to be. I did think it would be nice to have the Wellington Arch and Apsley House together in the same image, however I found this could only be done by standing in the middle of the road, which I did not think to be a good idea!
For other views of the area around Apsley House please see:-