The Napoleonic Wars loom large in the history of Goodwood House and the Lennox family in particular with the 4th, 5th and 6th Dukes of Lennox leading distinguished military careers, intertwining with Arthur Wellesley, known today as the Duke of Wellington.
The story started across the Irish Sea when the 4th Duke was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and employed the young Arthur Wellesley as his private secretary in 1807. Just seven years later when living in Brussels, the 4th Duke’s wife memorably hosted the notorious Duchess of Richmond’s Ball. The ball was a guise to confuse the French troops of the British Army’s intentions and knowledge of their whereabouts before the Battle of Waterloo.
The 5th Duke served as Wellington’s ADC and at the Battle of Waterloo, undertook this role for the Prince of Orange. (The Duke’s son took over the role of Wellington’s ADC after his father.)
The 5th Duke returned home with numerous spoils of war including Napoleon’s chair which subsequent generations have enjoyed using at their writing desk. A duplicate was commissioned for the State Apartments at Goodwood – a perfect seat for all grooms who once dreamed of being Sharpe (or maybe the brides who once dreamed of marrying him!)
Other Waterloo memorabilia takes pride of place at Goodwood and the collection can be viewed by the public at one of the Open House tours.
Join Goodwood House during one of their house tours on a Sunday and Monday 1pm – 5pm until 15th October 2012. Entry costs GBP9.50 for adults and GBP4.00 children aged 12-18. Children under twelve are admitted free. Student rates are GBP4.00 and there is a family ticket for two adults and two children for GBP22.00.
Afternoon tea is served between 2pm – 4.30pm with prices starting at GBP4.00.
To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Summer Exhibition for 2012, running from 6th August – 15th October, will look at Goodwood’s royal heritage and how it is represented in the art collection. From 5th – 30th August the house will be open Sunday – Thursday.
About Goodwood House: Set within magnificent grounds in the Sussex countryside, seven miles from the sea, is one of the truly spectacular English country estates. The seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon for over three hundred years, Goodwood remains in the family while affording guests an opportunity to experience the historic architecture and interiors of the grand house and the opulent modern amenities, award-winning dining and a range of sporting activities from golf to world class vintage car and horse racing.
To enquire about holding events or weddings at Goodwood please telephone 01243 775 537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on visitor opening times for Goodwood House and for more information on the Goodwood Estate, please call +44 (0) 1243 755 000 or visit www.goodwood.com
Contributer: Sue Lowry
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